Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps
Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 46-year-old man has contracted measles after traveling to Thailand last month. The expat went to Thailand from March 1 to April 8.

By April 18 he had developed a fever, cough, red eyes and a rash before seeking medical help at the TY Medical Practice clinic on Hennessy Road in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, Apple Daily reported, citing information from the Centre for Health Protection.

He was sent to Queen Mary Hospital for isolation treatment on Monday and has tested positive for measles. He is now in a stable condition.

The health centre said it had been conducting contact tracing and had already been in touch with 20 people who were checked in the clinic. None showed any symptoms of measles.

However, the incubation period for the disease could be at least seven days, the centre noted. The group will be put under medical surveillance.

Two local cases and two imported cases of measles have been recorded so far this year in Hong Kong.

Okinawa in Japan and Taiwan recorded 70 and 23 cases of measles respectively as of Tuesday, which forced some tourists to cancel their plans to travel to there.

At least five local travel agencies have cancelled tours to Okinawa.

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