In a follow-up on the Japan rubella outbreak, the case count through Nov. 11 has topped the 2,000 mark for the first time in five years.
According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, 2,032 cases have been reported in the country. More than 700 cases were reported in Tokyo.
Rubella is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Most people who get rubella usually have a mild illness, with symptoms that can include a low-grade fever, sore throat, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Rubella can cause a miscarriage or serious birth defects in a developing baby if a woman is infected while she is pregnant. The best protection against rubella is MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.
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