A migrant worker who arrived in Taiwan from the Philippines to take up a new job was found to be carrying the contagious chikungunya virus, in the first case detected by Taiwanese authorities this year.

The 29-year-old man, who was not named, was found to have a fever when he got off his plane at Kaohsiung International Airport on January 2, Taiwan News reported.

He was taken to hospital and tests confirmed that he was infected with chikungunya, an incurable virus spread through mosquito bites that can cause fevers, headaches, nausea, vomiting, rashes and joint pain.

Taiwan’s Centers for Disease (CDC) announced in a statement on Tuesday that the man had been discharged on Monday in good health.

According to the CDC, the man was travelling alone for a job in Tainan and it was his first time to the country.

 

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