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OFW diagnosed with chikungunya upon arrival in Taiwan

/ 02:22 PM June 30, 2017

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) contracted chikungunya upon arrival in Taiwan last week, the country’s officials said on Wednesday.

According to Taiwan News, which cited CNA, the Filipina returned to the Philippines last June 8 and flew back to Taiwan on the 23rd while suffering from the viral disease. Health workers screened her at the Taoyuan International Airport, where she was tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.

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This marks the first case in Tainan municipality and the sixth in Taiwan this year, the report said.

Chikungunya, a benign version of dengue, includes symptoms such as fever, rashes and joint pains. Last year, around 400 cases of chikungunya were detected in Cavite, while similar outbreaks were previously declared in Ilocos Norte, Albay and North Cotabato.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /ra/rga

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