A Measles Cluster Report in Taipei Song Shan Airport, 2016

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20170425.33(8).002

I-Ping Lin, Yu-Fang Tsai, Hsin-Yi Wei, Hsiao-Ping Tung, Jer-Jea Yen

2017 Vol.33 NO.8

Correspondence Author: I-Ping Lin

  • Taipei Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) was notified of two suspected measles cases by the local hospitals on July 31, 2016. During the exposure periods, both cases had been to Taipei Song Shan Airport on July 15. Additional suspected measles case working in the airport was discovered on August 3. These three cases had visited the lobby area at the domestic terminal around the same time on July 15. The measles genotypes of the specimens collected from the three cases are identical (H1). The measles cluster was confirmed based on laboratory results and cases’ exposure history. Local health authority implemented prevention measures and monitored 612 contacts. None of the contacts developed symptoms by August 21. We recommend that people working at airport should consider receiving Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to prevent measles and rubella infections.

Keywords:Measles, Clustered cases, MMR vaccine