By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


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In a follow-up on the locally transmitted chikungunya infections in Taiwan, the Department of Disease Control announced the second-ever case in the country. The new case is a  60-year-old woman from New Taipei City.

She initially presented with fever, muscle and joint pain. She was initially tested for dengue, which was negative. Lab testing for chikungunya was positive.

This is only the second indigenous chikungunya fever case ever reported in Taiwan, with the only previous case being last month in Tucheng District of New Taipei.

To date, there have been 47 confirmed chikungunya cases in Taiwan, 45 imported.

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In addition, Taiwan CDC officials reported the first hantavirus case of 2019. It was a foreign migrant worker in his 20s who worked in the fisheries industry in northern Taiwan.

He sought medical attention after developing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and fatigue and his his kidney and liver function tests were found to be abnormal.

The man is believed to have been infected by mice on the fishing vessel on which he was working, the CDC said, adding that a mouse caught on the boat by health inspectors had tested positive for the virus.

Taiwan reports 0-2 hantavirus cases annually–12 cases since 2009, all locally acquired.