Measles recently broke out in Cathay General Hospital Taipei Branch as a 30-year-old man returned from Vietnam where he was infected.
So far, a total of eight people were infected. Four medical professionals from the Cathay Hospital were affected previously, while the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Aug. 20 that two more infections were confirmed. One is a 20-year-old female nurse, while the other, a 40-year-old man, is a family member of a person who was in contact with the measles patient in the emergency room.
Chuang Jen-hsiang, the deputy director of the CDC, said there were nine people confirmed to be infected in this measles outbreak so far. He added that the health bureau is following a total of 1,897 people who were in contact with the patients, and monitoring them until Sept. 8.
According to the CDC, there were 122 cases of measles this year in Taiwan. Seventy-five cases were infected domestically, while others were infected overseas. Seventeen people were infected in Vietnam, 12 in Thailand, and seven in the Philippines.
CDC reminds the public that measles is a highly contagious virus and suggests wearing a mask when entering hospitals or crowded areas to prevent being infected. Besides, the office said people should avoid taking a baby under the age of one or anyone without an MMR vaccination to areas where measles are commonly found. Furthermore, people should immediately seek medical treatment if displaying symptoms such as fever, runny or stuffy nose, conjunctivitis, cough, or rash after returning from those areas.