Japan to Offer Rubella Antibody Tests Free of Charge

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Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japan's health ministry plans to subsidize rubella antibody tests so men in their 30s to 50s can receive such screenings free of charge from fiscal 2019, as well as women wishing to become pregnant.

The ministry included related costs in its budget request for the year that will begin in April next year.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the number of rubella sufferers reported in Japan totaled 952 in January-September, up more than 10-fold from 93 marked in the whole of 2017.

Many men in their 30s to 50s were infected with the disease, and those who had no history of vaccination or whose vaccination histories were unknown accounted for their majority.

In order to prevent rubella, receiving vaccination twice is said to be effective. But most men in those age brackets had little opportunity to receive routine vaccinations.

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