Taiwan reports first imported case of Zika this year

Taipei, July. 29 (CNA) Taiwan has confirmed the first imported case of Zika virus infection this year, involving a Taiwanese woman in her 40s who was infected during a recent trip to the Philippines, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday.

The woman, from central Taiwan, was confirmed positive for the virus after developing a range of symptoms including a fever, headache, fatigue, a rash and muscle pain, during a recent family trip to Cebu from July 8-19, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???).

She developed a range of symptoms on July 13, two days after being bitten by mosquitoes on July 11, Chuang said.

The woman was admitted to a hospital in Cebu on July 16 and underwent medical treatment. She was later admitted to a hospital in Taiwan immediately after returning from the Philippines on July 19, he noted.

She has since recovered after undergoing further treatment and already been released from the hospital, Chuang said. None of her family members have so far shown any symptoms of the virus.

According to the CDC, adults show only mild symptoms after being infected with the Zika virus, but infected pregnant women can give birth to babies with microcephaly -- a condition where a child is born with a smaller-than-normal head and impaired brain development.

It advised pregnant women and women planning to get pregnant to avoid traveling to Zika epidemic areas, and urged people to seek medical attention immediately if they display related symptoms within two weeks of leaving such an area.

As a precaution, the CDC urged women returning from Zika epidemic areas to delay pregnancy for six months whether they display any suspicious symptoms or not.

Regardless of symptoms, men returning from a Zika epidemic area also should use condoms during sexual intercourse for two to six months, the CDC said.

Taiwan has reported 18 Zika cases since 2016, all of which originated overseas, mostly from Southeast Asian countries, the CDC said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel