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Rubella spreading across Japan, raising concern before Tokyo Games

National Nov 19, 2018

Rubella spreading across Japan, raising concern before Tokyo Games

Rubella infections are spreading across Japan, raising concern that a potentially long-term epidemic could sap travel demand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. With the total number of rubella patients this year expected to top 2,000 for the first time in nearly five ...

Cases of Rubella infection in Japan on the rise

National / Science & Health Aug 29, 2018

Cases of Rubella infection in Japan on the rise

The number of rubella patients reported by the country's medical institutions from Jan. 1 to Aug. 19 totaled 184, nearly double the 93 for the whole of last year, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Tuesday. Patients in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures — ...

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

Lifestyle Oct 4, 2014

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

by Masami Ito

Yoshimi Kawabe's daughter was 2 years old in 2008 when an unusual rash broke out on her hands and feet. Her family doctor at first thought the rash was caused by hand, foot and mouth disease — a contagious viral infection common in young ...

National Jan 14, 2014

31 Japanese children born with rubella syndrome in 2013

Thirty-one children were born with congenital rubella syndrome in Japan in 2013, the worst on record, reflecting a rubella epidemic that started around the beginning of the year, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Tuesday. The number more than tripled from the 2004 record ...

Editorials Apr 10, 2013

Rubella on the rise

Rubella, aka German measles, which can give rise to birth defects if it infects pregnant women, has become rampant in the Tokyo and Kansai regions.

Resurgent rubella raises fetus threat

Reference | FYI Apr 2, 2013

Resurgent rubella raises fetus threat

by Mizuho Aoki

The rubella epidemic is spreading quickly, particularly in the Kanto region. Usually limited to developing countries, the disease, also known as German measles, poses a threat to pregnant women as it can cause disorders in fetuses, including hearing impairments, cardiac disease and cataracts. Rubella cases spiked ...