Risk Assessment And Control Measures of Measles Epidemics in Taiwan

Hui-chen Lin

2007 Vol.23 NO.6

Correspondence Author: Hui-chen Lin


Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease. Since 1991 up to the present time, Taiwan has actively implemented four successive terms of “Eradication Program of Polio, Measles, Congenital Rubella Syndrome and Neonatal Tetanus.” Consequently, the confirmed measles cases found in Taiwan in recent years were somewhat restrained under ten cases per year, which is apparently due to our concerted public health efforts by all involved over those years, and our goal of eradicating measles seems to be nowhere but getting closer than ever. However, we realize that we are constantly facing a fact that some of our neighboring countries, particularly Mainland China and Japan, have recently and occasionally suffered from outbreaks of measles in epidemic proportions, which posts an undeniable real threat to our people’s health because those countries happen to be frequent traveling destinations of our people and the same