PRO/MBDS> Mpox – Taiwan: child, household infection


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Date: Wed 7 Jun 2023
Source: Outbreak News Today [edited]

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported
today [7 Jun 2023] on the 1st monkeypox, or mpox case in a child in
the country.

The child presented with symptoms of fever, eye discomfort, rashes and
blisters on the hands, feet and trunk which did not relieve several
days later.

The case is a mild case and is currently being hospitalized. Since the
previously diagnosed family member had daily contact with this case
after the onset of the disease, it was determined to be a household

The CDC stated that according to the results of the epidemic
investigation by the health unit, none of the contacts currently have
any relevant symptoms, and the case did not go to the kindergarten
where the case was diagnosed. It is estimated that the risk of
transmission in the kindergarten is low.

The health unit conducted health education and self-health monitoring
for 21 days for the contacts of the case, including family members,
kindergarten classmates, and related staff, and worked with the
education unit to conduct prevention and control work such as cleaning
the kindergarten environment, health education briefings, and
evaluating for high-risk contacts who receive monkeypox post-exposure

As of today [7 Jun 2023], a total of 149 cases (137 local cases and 12
imported cases) have been confirmed in Taiwan.

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