NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Monday declared the end of a measles outbreak, after everyone who had been diagnosed with the disease was confirmed to have recovered.
According to the prefecture a total of 99 people were found to be infected with measles during the outbreak. About 5,500 tourists canceled trips to Okinawa because of it.
In March, a man traveling from Taiwan to Okinawa was diagnosed with measles. Infections spread among restaurant workers and local residents who had come into contact with the traveler.
Since May 11, however, no new cases have been confirmed.
“We are relieved about the end of the outbreak,” said Takao Kadekaru, head of the prefecture’s culture, tourism and sports division. “To make the prefecture a safe destination for sightseeing, we will continue to take swift and appropriate responses.”