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The Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) reports 18 measles cases this year through June 21.

Cases were reported from Tokyo (6), Osaka (4), Ibaraki (1), Chiba (1), Kanagawa (1), Shizuoka (1), Hyogo (2), Tottori (1), and Hokkaido (1).

This is the most cases reported in Japan since the 2019 outbreak.

How contagious is measles? Answer: Very

Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection which is easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours.

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Measles symptoms typically develop 10-14 days after exposure to the virus but can develop as soon as seven days and as long as 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms of measles are fever more than 101 degrees F; runny nose; cough; and red, watery eyes. Usually, one to four days after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.  A person with measles is contagious beginning four days before the rash appears until four days after the rash begins.

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