Japanese health authorities have announced a possible measles outbreak in the country.
According to an informant, citing NHK, measles is a contagious viral infection that causes fever, cough, and skin inflammation. Almost all patients with this disease who are not immune to it will have these symptoms. The measles virus can cause pneumonia or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and lead to serious illness or even death.
According to the announcement of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan, this year (2023) to May 14, seven cases of this disease have been confirmed across the country. Three cases were in Tokyo, and one case was reported each in Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Niigata, and Osaka prefectures. Japan recorded six cases of measles in each of 2021 and 2022.
This disease is now spreading in Asia and other parts of the world. In April, a man who arrived in Japan from India was diagnosed with measles. Two other people who were on the same train as him were also confirmed infected.
Local authorities in Japan are asking people to take precautions by bringing in vehicles that have been used by the infected.
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