Cluster of Measles Cases, Central Taiwan, 2015

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20160426.32(8).002

Chia-Su Wu1, Dolin Lin1, Wen-Yueh Cheng2,Ching-Fen Ko1,3, Min-cheng Lin1, Sung-Hsi Wei1,4*

2016 Vol.32 NO.8

Correspondence Author: Sung-Hsi Wei 1.4*

  • 1Central Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control,Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 2Center for Research, Diagnostics and Vaccine Development, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 3Department of Public Health, Tzu Chi University
  • 4Department of Public Health, China Medical University


In June 2015, measles was confirmed in a 1-year-old boy from central Taiwan who had not received measles immunization. The source of measles infection was not identified. Contact investigations showed another measles case in an 18-year-old female healthcare worker who had received 3 doses of measles/measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and contacted the index case during his hospitalization. She presented with mild symptoms and atypical laboratory results. Although measles incidence is low in Taiwan, health care workers should take measles into consideration in face of individuals with skin eruption. Individuals with previous history of measles immunization may develop mild and atypical presentations after measles infection. Our report underscores the significance of measles breakthrough infection and provides the experience in measles case investigation and management.

Keywords:Measles, Nosocomial infection, Outbreak