Taiwan records first imported measles case of the year

The Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control has confirmed Taiwan's first imported measles case of the year, involving a Taiwanese-American man who traveled from India to Taiwan last month for a family reunion.

The 21-year-old, who is currently recovering, flew to Taiwan on February 22 on a Thai Airways flight he boarded in Bangkok. The man had a fever the following day and began to notice a skin rash. His infection with measles was confirmed on Thursday, the Taipei Times reports.

Quarantine inspectors believe that the man was infected with the measles virus while attending a university in India.

Chou Jih-haw, the deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control, said that the agency has contacted three passengers the man was sitting in close proximity to while on the flight. The agency has also contacted 25 medical personnel and other people that the man came into close contact with during emergency medical treatment, in addition to his family members. Of the people contacted, none of them have developed any measles symptoms, according to the Taipei Times.

The man also boarded an express train headed for Greater Kaohsiung at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Taipei and left the train at a Yunlin County station. People on that train have been advised to monitor their health due to possible infection. Those at risk are recommended to take part in at least 18 days of self-examination before considering themselves clear of the infection.