MOHW urges intl. travelers to get Measles vaccine before leaving Taiwan

Japan and the Philippines have reported an alarming number of measles cases in 2019, Taiwan has reported 28 cases

Child in Philippines receives measles vaccine

Child in Philippines receives measles vaccine (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Following the discovery of another domestic case of the measles in Taiwan last week, the total number of measles cases this year has increased to 28.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) has released a statement urging people to be aware of the risk of measles, especially those traveling abroad in the region. There is an alarming spike in measles cases Japan this year, and a very serious outbreak happening in the Philippines, says MOHW.

In Japan this year there have been 258 cases of Measles reported, as of March 10, promoting a travel advisory. Even more alarming, in the Philippines there were already more than 10,000 cases reported by late February.

For those planning trips to Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, or China in the near future, MOHW says that if a resident has not been vaccinated for the disease, it is advisable to get the vaccine two to four weeks before going abroad.

The most recent case of measles was diagnosed on March 7. It is suspected the man contracted the disease while visiting the Zhudong Night Market in Hsinchu, on the evening of March 2. The patient is a foreign man in his 30s, according to a UDN report.

Of the previous 27 cases reported in 2019, Taiwan has confirmed 14 domestic cases, and 13 from abroad, with six from Vietnam, five from the Philippines, and one each from Japan and Indonesia.