First Case of Zika Virus Infection Imported from Thailand to Taiwan, January 2016

DOI: 10.6525/TEB.20160308.32(5).003

Hsin-Chun Lee1*, Chen-Pei Lin1, Shu-Hui Chang1, Du-Ling Lin1, Li-Yun Liu2, Tzy-ChenWang3, Tung-Chien Hsu3, Pei-Yun Shu3, Min-Cheng Lin1

2016 Vol.32 NO.5

Correspondence Author: Hsin-Chun Lee1*

  • 1Central Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 2Northern Regional Center, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan
  • 3Center for Research, Diagnostics and Vaccine Development, Centers for Disease Control,Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


In January 2016, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection imported into Taiwan. The patient, 24-year-old male residing in northeastern Thailand, presented fever and headache for one day and was detected with a high body temperature at the quarantine station upon his arrival in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. His fellow travelers had sore throats but were tested negative for Zika virus and dengue virus. The public health authorities immediately implemented vector control measures after laboratory confirmation. Zika virus is primarily transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos. The vectors, Aedes aegypti and A. albopitus, are present in Taiwan, and early diagnosis and timely notification of public health authorities is the key to quickly implement vector control measurements. This report highlights the need for increasing physician and public awareness, education, enhance surveillance, and management of microcephaly and other neurological complications that might be related to Zika virus infection.