Date: Nov 20, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The first case in Taiwan of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), a tick-borne virus,was confirmed last week in a man in his 70s living in the north of the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.
The man, who had not recently traveled overseas, but had often visited mountainous areas, sought treatment several times between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2 after experiencing reoccurring fever and vomiting, CDC disease prevention physician Chen Meng-yu (陳孟妤) said.
After having changes in consciousness and a rash, the man was hospitalized on Nov. 3, Chen said.
The hospital suspected dengue fever, but a blood sample sent to the CDC came back negative on Nov. 6, she added. [FULL STORY]