Rubella patients in Japan increase sevenfold from last year
Jiji -- Sep 27
Rubella patients reported in Japan numbered 642 between Jan. 1 and Sept. 16, up nearly sevenfold from 93 for the whole of last year, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Wednesday.

In the week through Sept. 16, the number came to 127, down 15 from this year's weekly high scored in the preceding week. But the weekly figure topped 100 for the second consecutive time.

The cumulative number of patients in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama continued to account for over 70 pct of the year-to-date total.

The number of patients reported between Jan. 1 and Sept. 16 stood at 196 in Tokyo, 161 in Chiba, 68 in Kanagawa and 42 in Saitama.

Shiga and Ehime each had two patients in the latest week, their first cases this year. This lifted the number of prefectures with reported rubella patients this year to 36.

風疹の感染拡大が続いています。全国の患者数は642人となり、去年1年間の患者数の約7倍に上ることが分かりました。 国立感染症研究所によりますと、16日までの1週間で国に報告された風疹の患者数は127人で、2週連続で100人を超えました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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