Taiwanese student tests positive for Zika virus after a trip to Vietnam

The man traveled to Ho Chi Minh City with family during the lunar new year holiday

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(Image courtesy of Taiwan CDC)

(Image courtesy of Taiwan CDC)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A Taiwanese man has been diagnosed with Zika virus after his trip to Vietnam, announced the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and it becomes the first confirmed case of the disease this year.

The man, who is reportedly a junior high school student, traveled to Ho Chi Minh City with family to visit relatives from Feb. 5 through Feb. 15. The male student is said to have developed high fever on Feb. 14 and was intercepted at the quarantine center in Taichung International Airport to undergo testing for Zika. The infection was confirmed on Wednesday, according to the CDC.

The man's symptoms of Zika have gradually subsided, while an in-home quarantine won't be lifted after Feb. 25.

None of the people contacted by the man show symptoms consistent with Zika so far.

The health official said 21 confirmed Zika cases have been reported in Taiwan since the first outbreak in 2016. All reported Zika cases in the country have been imported infections in travelers returning from Zika-endemic countries, including Vietnam (6 cases), Thailand (5), the Philippines (2), Malaysia (2), Indonesia (1), Singapore (1), Saint Lucia (1), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1), the U.S. (1), and Angola (1).

The official advised that, if bitten by mosquitoes, people should be vigilant for any telltale symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Those experiencing the aforementioned symptoms should visit a clinic as soon as possible if they suspect they've been infected.