Taiwan septuagenarian contracts malaria in Ethiopia

Man had stopped taking medicine too early: CDC

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A man in his seventies contracted malaria in Ethiopia, the CDC announced Tuesday.

A man in his seventies contracted malaria in Ethiopia, the CDC announced Tuesday. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A man in his seventies contracted malaria in Ethiopia, in the seventh similar case over the past year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Tuesday.

The man had traveled in the East African country from December 6 to 21, and had only taken anti-malaria medication for seven days before his trip, which was not enough to protect him, the Central News Agency reported.

During the first week following his return to Taiwan, some of the symptoms of malaria began to appear, but the man waited another week before consulting a doctor, according to reports. Fever, headaches and vomiting were some of the symptoms that might appear between seven and 30 days after the infection.

Travelers planning to visit malaria-infected areas should visit their doctor at least one month before their trip, and continuously take medicine from before the visit all through their stay and after, which was what the patient in this case had failed to do, officials said.

The septuagenarian was the seventh case of imported malaria to surface in Taiwan over the past year. Previous cases included three visitors to Uganda, and one each to Kenya, India and the Solomon Islands.