Rubella Patients Increasing Sharply in Japan

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--The number of rubella patients reported by medical institutions in Japan in the period from the beginning of this year 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 prefectures neighboring the Japanese capital--Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa--accounted for about 70 pct of the cumulative total so far this year. The NIID is urging people to get vaccinated against the viral infectious disease.

Rubella patients show such symptoms as fever and rash after an incubation period of two to three weeks. In some cases, however, no clear symptoms occur, according to the institute.

If a pregnant woman is infected, there is a risk of her baby being born with such disorders as hearing impairment, heart problems and cataract.

The number of patients started to increase in late July and to surge this month. In the week to Aug. 19 alone, the number of patients came to 43.

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