TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese man has been diagnosed with Zika virus after his trip to Vietnam, announced the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
On July 27, a 21-year-old male student was intercepted at the quarantine center in the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for a suspiciously high fever and was tested for Zika. The result of the test confirmed an infection of the Zika virus, the CDC announced yesterday.
The man was said to be traveling to Ho Chi Minh City to visit his friends and relatives on June 1 and had developed a fever the day before his return flight to Taiwan last Thursday. Two partners traveling back with him to Taiwan did not show any signs of infection, said Deputy Director of Center for Disease Control Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).
This is the third confirmed case of imported Zika virus this year, making the grand total of reported Zika cases in Taiwan since 2016 now stand at 16. The others included four cases from Thailand and Vietnam each, two cases from Malaysia and one case each from Indonesia, Singapore, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Angola and the US.
Chuang said the summer is an active season for mosquitoes and people should avoid traveling to the countries where Zika is present. If bitten by mosquitoes, people should be vigilant for any telltale symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes), and it is recommended that they visit a clinic as soon as possible if they suspect they have the disease.