Taiwanese woman infected with Zika in Malaysia: Taiwan’s CDC

Taiwan has confirmed a new imported case of the Zika virus involving a 50-year-old Taiwanese woman who was found to have been infected during a trip to Malaysia, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

It was the 10th imported Zika case in Taiwan this year, according to the CDC.

The Taoyuan resident developed a headache, a partial rash and muscle soreness on Oct. 5, a week after returning from Sabah where she was on a group tour from Sept. 23 to 27, and sought treatment the next day.

But the rash expanded to the rest of her body and she also came down with a fever. She was then admitted to the hospital, and it was not until Sunday that the case was confirmed as a Zika infection, the CDC said.

The other 71 members of the infected woman's tour group could also be at risk of infection, but the latest Zika case was not expected to lead to an indigenous outbreak of the virus, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???).

Chuang said measures have been taken to track the health of the 71 travelers and determine if any of them are pregnant.

Malaysia has reported seven Zika cases this year as of September, two of which involved pregnant women. The cases were reported in Eastern Malaysia in the states of Sarawak and Sabah and in Johor Bahru, a city near Singapore.

Taiwan has reported 10 confirmed Zika virus cases this year, all of which have been imported. Two have come from Thailand, two have been from Vietnam, and the others originated in Indonesia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States, Singapore, and Malaysia, the CDC said.

Since 2015, at least 70 countries and territories around the world have reported indigenous Zika cases, with the situation in Central and South America the most severe, the CDC said.

The agency warned people planning to visit Zika-affected areas to take proper precautions and suggested that pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant should avoid visiting those areas.

Adults usually show only mild symptoms if infected, but pregnant women could give birth to deformed or stillborn babies if infected, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel