Man working at Taiwan’s Ximending clothing shop infected with German measles

Man in quarantine, contacts closely monitored: CDC


Photo of Ximending nightlife (Photo by Andy Enero on flickr)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A clothing shop employee at Ximending, one of the most popular shopping neighborhoods in Taipei, was reported to have  been infected with German measles (Rubella), said the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on September 1, warning that people who had visited the area during August 20 to 30 should take heed of any possible symptoms.

This is the third reported case of German measles in Taiwan this year, and the first case of a domestic infection. The previous two infections were imported cases from the Philippines and China.

The CDC said that the patient infected with German measles is a 31-year-old man working for a clothing shop at Ximending. He started to display symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes on August 23, and later on rash and conjunctivitis, which is also known as pink eye.

The man went to the hospital on August 30 and is now in independent quarantine, said the CDC.

The source of the infection is still under investigation, said the CDC, adding that since the patient had not traveled overseas recently, he could have been infected by foreign tourists.

The CDC said that they would be keeping track of the 78 people who had met the patient during his infection until September 24.

The service also warned that those who had visited Ximending from August 20 to 30 should go the hospital immediately if they display any symptoms of the disease.

German measles is a highly contagious disease caused by the rubella virus. The symptoms of the disease are often mild so many people may not realize they have been infected after being exposed to the virus. The initial symptoms that a patient may display are a rash, usually starting on the face and later spreading to the rest of the body, swollen lymph nodes and mild fever. The disease is transmitted through air or close contact. Only human beings can get infected or spread the disease.

In Taiwan, those who are born after 1981 should have received vaccines (the MMR Vaccine) that can prevent them from getting German measles. Besides, those who have been infected before are also immune to it.