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The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a new imported measles case in a man in his 30s who recently traveled to Thailand.

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He traveled to Thailand from March 17 to 22, 2023. He presented with fever on April 3 and a rash on April 5. He sought medical treatment on April 5 and was hospitalized for isolation treatment. He was diagnosed with measles after a positive test. The case has been discharged from the hospital and returned home, and none of its close contacts have suspected symptoms.

The CDC stated that the health unit has initially contacted a total of 36 contacts of the case (including 32 contacts in medical institutions), and will monitor until April 23. The health unit will continue to carry out relevant epidemic investigation and prevention work.

The CDC pointed out that since the COVID-19 epidemic in the country in 2020, there have been 2 cases of measles, and the previous case was a domestic infection case in 2022.

There were 141 cases in 2019, of which 82 were local infections and 59 cases were imported cases.

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The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reports investigating an imported case of measles infection.

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The case involves a 36-year-old woman with good past health who arrived in Hong Kong from India on March 21. She developed fever since March 31 and skin rash on April 5. She attended Hong Kong Adventist Hospital – Tsuen Wan on April 5 and was admitted for treatment on the same day. She is in a stable condition and was discharged on April 9.

Her blood and respiratory samples tested positive for the measles virus upon nucleic acid testing. The patient reported that she has received measles vaccinations.

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According to information provided by the patient, she did not have contact with measles patients during the incubation period. Her household contact has remained asymptomatic so far and has been put under medical surveillance.

Upon notification of the case, the CHP immediately commenced epidemiological investigations and conducted relevant contact tracing. Investigations are ongoing.

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