The Report of First Imported Measles Case in 2016

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20170425.33(8).001

Chien-Yu Chou, Yu-Fang Tsai, Hsiao-Ping Tung, Jer-Jea Yen

2017 Vol.33 NO.8

Correspondence Author: Chien-Yu Chou

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


As international travel become more frequent, many diseases spread transnationally due to traveling, business trip, visiting relatives and other activities. Measles is one of the highly contagious diseases, which leads to endemic clusters easily by imported cases. Taipei Regional Center of Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first imported measles case in 2016, who often goes abroad for business. She went to Beijing in early March, 2016, and developed fever, cough and skin rashes after coming back to Taiwan. The health authority implemented a number of preventive measures immediately after being notified. To monitor the conditions of contacts, follow-up mechanisms were activated in other cities and counties. No new measles cases or outbreaks were identified after the maximum incubation period. People who plan for a trip to high risk areas and those who frequently contact foreigners because of work should receive additional Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine at their own expense in order to prevent the risk of infection. Enhancing the alertness on measles to health care workers could effectively reduce the number of contacts and consumption of resources.

Keywords:Measles, Imported case, Contact tracing, MMR vaccine, Resource consumption