The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed two imported measles infections in travelers to China, prompting a warning to the public.
Health officials say two women, ages 35 and 29, were confirmed for measles infection and are currently hospitalized.
According to the epidemiological investigation, both cases have visited Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, China together during June 18 and 29. This suggests that they might have acquired the infection while in China.
Health authorities have implemented a number of prevention measures and identified 174 contacts, including their family members, passengers sitting near the cases on the same flight, colleagues, healthcare personnel and patients that he came into contact with when they sought medical attention, to monitor and follow up until July 28. Currently, none of them has developed suspected symptoms.
The public is urged to put on a mask and seek prompt medical attention when suspected symptoms such as fever and rash develop and inform the physician of relevant exposure history.
So far in 2015, a total of 22 indigenous measles cases (19 were clustered cases who work at the same place) and 5 imported measles cases from China have been confirmed in Taiwan.
This compares to the same period in 2014 when 17 measles cases were confirmed, including 3 indigenous cases and 14 imported cases (5 imported from the Philippines, 5 imported from China, and 1 each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Vietnam.)