Taiwan records second-ever indigenous case of chikungunya fever

Taipei-A New Taipei woman has been diagnosed with chikungunya fever, only the second indigenous case ever reported in Taiwan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.

The patient, in her 60s, sought medical attention after developing a high fever, muscle and joint pain on Aug. 22, according to the CDC.

The medication she received did not alleviate the symptoms and the woman was admitted to hospital the next day.

Doctors originally suspected she had contracted dengue fever until tests indicted it was chikungunya fever, the CDC said.

The patient has since been discharged and is now confined to home, where her health is being monitored, it noted.

The CDC found no record of recent travel abroad by the patient, who appeared to have spent most of her time at home in New Taipei City's Zhonghe District.

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.

Like dengue fever, chikungunya fever is transmitted by virus-carrying mosquitoes and has an incubation period of two to 12 days. Also like dengue fever, the symptoms include the sudden onset of fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, nausea and fatigue.

The CDC believes the patient contracted chikungunya fever somewhere in Zhonghe District, because there were two previous imported chikungunya fever cases in the district in July and earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the neighborhood where the patient lives has been disinfected to prevent mosquito proliferation, according to the CDC. A total of 11 people who had recent contact with the patient have so far shown no sign of infection.

Also Monday, two imported chikungunya fever cases were confirmed in Yilan County. The patients are believed to have contracted the virus during recent visits to Myanmar, the CDC said.

The two patients have both recovered and are currently confined to their homes, it added.

There have been 47 confirmed chikungunya cases in Taiwan in 2019, 45 imported.

Twenty-eight of the imported case came from Myanmar, seven from Thailand, five from the Maldives, two from Indonesia and one each from the Philippines, Malaysia and India, according to CDC statistics.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel