Officials with the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is advising (computer translated) the public to ensure they are vaccinated if traveling to Japan due to outbreaks of measles and German measles (rubella).
According to the latest data from the Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases through Feb. 3, Japan has reported 148 confirmed measles cases and 367 rubella cases.
The CDC stressed that measles and German measles are highly contagious.
Rubella, or German measles infection in people is typically mild. However, in pregnant women, rubella can cause death or birth defects such as cataracts, deafness, glaucoma, and heart, lung and brain abnormalities in an unborn baby (fetus) during the first few months of pregnancy.
The best way to prevent both is by the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.