In a follow-up on the rubella situation in Japan, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases reports that as of September 23, 770 cases have been reported.

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This total is 8-times the number of cases reported in 2017 (93).

The week ending Sep 23 resulted in 104 cases, the third straight week to eclipse 100 cases.

Tokyo has reported 239 cases this year to date, followed by Chiba (179) and Kanagawa (80).

According to the US CDC, 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 an developing baby if a woman is infected while she is pregnant. The best protection against rubella is MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.