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2019-10-21 | 公共電視

Failure to Report Measles, Faces Up to NT$300K Fine|染麻疹又找友人唱KTV 散布病毒開罰

A case of imported measles had been confirmed in Kaohsiung but the patient did not report to health authorities about his whereabouts during the infected period. Two of his friends have been confirmed with measles. The patient is now facing a NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 Fine.

Screening stations have be xen set up in Kaohsiung city for possible Measles symptoms. A cluster of measles was confirmed amongst Tigerair flight attendants last year. However, the city recently found another confirmed case of cluster infection. A man surnamed Kuo went to Cambodia for work and was infected with measles but did not honestly report the people who he had come into contact with during that period.

As of October 14th, the city of Kaohsiung had received reports of 2 suspected measles cases. After our investigation, we found that these two people had come in contact with Kuo on October 2nd.

The Kaohsiung Department of Health said Kuo was working in Cambodia from June to the end of September and had experienced symptoms of fever but was not confirmed with measles until the beginning of October. However when the health authorities were investigating the infections, this patient did not report the fact that he went to KTV with four of his friends during this period. Later on, two of the four friends were confirmed with measles which prompted the health authorities to carry out a cross-examination. Kuo was then confirmed to be the source of infection.

If the patient in this imported measles case had honestly reported his travel history and contact history, then the 76 people who have come in contact with him could be free of monitoring.

Though this patient had already recovered, because he had hidden the truth about the infection, thus increased the number of people who had come into contact with him to 76 people, he would be facing a fine from NT$60,000 up to NT$300,000. This cluster infection would be monitored until November 3rd. The Department of Health reminds the public that measles is highly contagious, one can easily be infected in a closed space. It also reminds the public to be vaccinated before going to measles-affected places. If one does get infected, he or she needs to implement self-health management.

來到篩檢站檢測是否有發燒、咳嗽等症狀,這是去年虎航空服員爆發麻疹群聚感染後,高雄擴大追蹤的狀況,但高雄最近又出現群聚感染,主因是一名曾到柬埔寨工作的郭姓男子,感染麻疹卻沒誠實通報曾接觸過的對象。

高市衛生局簡任技正 潘炤穎表示:「10月14號這邊,高雄市,單日接獲2例的通報個案,疑似麻疹,經過我們疫調之後,卻發現,這2位通報個案,曾經在10月2號,與郭姓的這位個案有過接觸。」

衛生局表示,該名病患6月到9月下旬在柬埔寨工作,月底出現發燒症狀,10月初才確診是麻疹,但進行疫情調查時,對方卻隱匿曾跟4名朋友前往KTV唱歌,等到4人中2人確診罹患麻疹後,衛生單位交叉比對才確認。

高市衛生局簡任技正 潘炤穎表示:「在一開始,郭姓的指標個案,這位境外移入個案,(若)有確實的去,敘述到他的旅遊史,還有接觸史的時候,基本上這76名的接觸者,是可以免於被監控的風險。」

這名病患目前已痊癒,不過因為隱匿疫調,連帶使得接觸麻疹患者的人增加到76人,將面臨6萬到30萬元不等罰鍰,而這起群聚感染,也將監控至11月3日為止。衛生局提醒,麻疹傳染力高,只要在密閉空間中就容易被感染,提醒將前往麻疹流行區的民眾,自費接種疫苗,一旦確診也要落實自主健康管理。

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