Measles Infections Increasing in Japan

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Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)--Since the start of 2019, the number of measles patients has been growing in Japan at the fastest pace in the past decade, with the central prefecture of Mie leading the increase.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Tuesday that 167 new measles patients were reported in 20 of the country's 47 prefectures between the start of this year and Feb. 10.

The health ministry has issued a notice calling on medical institutions to take preventive measures against the highly infectious disease.

The institute said Mie saw 49 new measles patients during the period, followed by 47 reported in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, 17 in Aichi Prefecture, neighboring Mie, 11 in Tokyo and six in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

According to the Mie prefectural government, of 49 people who participated in a seminar held by a religious group late last year at a facility in Tsu, Mie's capital, 29 have been diagnosed with measles.

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