Indian sailor in Taiwan diagnosed with malaria

Taipei, An Indian national in Taiwan to work on a cargo vessel has been confirmed as having malaria -- the first imported case of the disease in the country this year -- according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The forty-something Indian was diagnosed with the infectious disease after being sent to a local hospital on July 1 to treat a fever and headache that had persisted while he was at sea, the CDC said.

The man flew from India to Thailand on June 25, when he first developed a fever and headache, before taking a flight to Taiwan on June 26, the CDC said.

Later that same day, he set sail from Taiwan on a cargo ship but was then sent back to Taiwan because he could not shake the symptoms, and was admitted to the hospital as soon as he re-entered the country on July 1, the CDC said.

The hospital determined that he was infected with plasmodium vivax (???), one of the two most common types of malaria, according to the CDC.

The patient is recovering but still hospitalized, according to authorities.

CDC Deputy Director-General Luo Yi-jun (???) urged anybody planning travel to India or Africa, where there is a generally high risk of malaria, to take antimalarial medications ahead of time as a precaution.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel