Taiwan records first cholera case since August 2020

Taiwan has recorded its first case of cholera in two years after a patient developed severe diarrhea after consuming raw shrimp and raw oysters, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) deputy head Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Thursday.

A woman in her 40s was confirmed on Wednesday to have contracted cholera, an acute diarrheal illness caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the toxin-producing bacterium Vibrio cholerae, according to the CDC.

The patient was admitted to a hospital on Oct. 22 after she developed diarrhea, persistent dizziness, nausea, vomiting, watery stool, and pain in the upper stomach, Chuang said, adding she had been discharged from the hospital after treatment.

Local authorities have attempted to trace the source of the undercooked seafood the patient had consumed and collected the excretion sample from the patient’s household contacts in order to determine how she got infected, Chuang said.

The patient has not travelled abroad recently and has a history of some chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, cancer, and stomach ulcer, he said.

None of the patient’s three family members have developed similar symptoms, he said.

According to the CDC, the patient was the first recorded case of cholera since one case in August 2020. Before that, there were seven cases recorded in 2018.

 

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel