Prevention And Control of Imported Vector-Borne Diseases in A University Summer Camp—Northern Taiwan, 2019

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.202105_37(10).0001

Hsueh-Mei Chiang*, Wan-Lin Hsu, Fang-Tzu Chang, Jhy-Wen Wu, Kun-Bin Wu

2021 Vol.37 NO.10

Correspondence Author: Hsueh-Mei Chiang*

  • Northern Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Welfare, Taiwan  


        On July 28th, 2019, four students from Myanmar with fever were identified by quarantine officers at Taoyuan Airport fever screening station. All of them were to join a two-week campus activity from July 28th to August 10th held by a university in Northern Taiwan. A total of 55 Myanmar students attended the campus activity. The dengue NS1 antigen rapid test of the four students were all negative. The serum of the four students were then sent to Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for further examination, and results revealed that one specimen was positive for dengue fever (DF) PCR, two positive for Chikungunya PCR, and one positive for Zika IgM. In recent years, international student exchange programs become more popular. We recommend that schools should make infectious disease prevention and control plans and implement relevant measures based on the epidemics of countries where exchanged students are from before the commencement of programs. If students are from countries with endemics of vector-borne diseases, prevention and control measures should include personnel health monitoring, education of anti-mosquito measures, removal of breeding sources, and reduction of standing water containers.