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 ...