Tigerair Taiwan defends actions over measles-stricken cabin crew

Taipei, Taiwan's budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan released a statement Thursday in which it defended its actions over two cabin crew members infected with measles, saying that it immediately suspended the two as soon as there was even the suspicion of infection.

The statement was issued after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the previous day that it was concerned and monitoring the health of the 852 people one of the cabin crew had come into contact with while working on six flights during her eight-day window of infection for measles.

Tigerair Taiwan said that it would never purposely assign a staff member with an infectious disease on its flights.

The airline went on to highlight that one of the cabin crew was misdiagnosed as having a cold several times after developing the early symptoms of measles, which, like a cold, include fever, coughing and a runny nose.

It was only after an April 2 outpatient appointment during which the doctor suspected measles that the flight attendant was quarantined.

Two of the six flights that the crew member, a woman in her 20s who was the second confirmed case of measles among Tigerair Taiwan's staff, took her to Kaohsiung, so the city's Department of Health has been urging those who came into contact with her less than 72 hours ago to get vaccinated.

According to their investigation, the woman came into contact with 349 people, including the passengers on the flight and hotel staff.

Of this total, 85 were in contact with her within the last 72 hours, meaning that until noon Thursday, vaccination against the virus would be effective.

As of noon that day, 20 of them had been vaccinated, while two were quarantined because they showed potential symptoms of measles.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel