Japan's health authorities are fighting the biggest outbreaks of measles in the country over the years, with many infections gathered among Valentine's Day attendees and a religious group that avoids vaccination. The 47 Prefectures of Japan on February 10, said the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, with the largest outbreaks in the prefectures of Mie and Osaka.
The fastest Japan has reached many cases at the beginning of 2008
The explosion of the highly contagious disease comes when the United States struggles with outbreaks of measles in Texas, New York and Washington, and this year more than 1
The group said it stressed the avoidance of medicines and vaccines and the consumption of naturally grown foods. But after some members got infected, the group apologized and said they were changing their practices. "Given the unexpected situation, we will follow the counsel of the health center to get vaccine vaccines for measles or other highly infectious diseases so we do not apply.
Some of the patients in the outbreak of the Miha prefecture were not adequately vaccinated, said Massayama Yamato, a doctor at the Rinku General Medical Center.
"Many patients were young and did not get enough shots, perhaps because of their parents' philosophy, and the outbreak spread during their meeting," said Dr. Yamato.
The measles infection is focused on a complex in Osaka, which includes the tallest building in Japan, Abeno Harukas, where 21 Valentine's Day customers and workers are affected by the virus.
Six cases are related to the child bg, who return to Japan from the Philippines. The Philippines reported a steadily growing number of spruces and deaths this year, as the virus spreads from Manila, the capital, to other parts of Luson, the most densely populated island in the country. In the first six weeks of 2019, more than 9,000 cases were reported, including 146 deaths, the Philippine Ministry of Health reported.
Measles are caused by a virus and the symptoms include rashes, fever and ear infections, which in some cases can lead to permanent hearing loss. Children are particularly susceptible to the disease, with some infections leading to complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis, swelling of the brain. The disease kills one or two children out of every 1000 who receive it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While Japan is one of the richest countries in the world with a healthy health system, researchers note that among developed countries with high levels of infections that can be prevented by vaccines. The measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine were discontinued in the early 1990s after being associated with aseptic meningitis. Since then, the government has a cautious attitude towards the promotion of vaccines
However, this has changed little in recent years, and in 2006 Japanese health officials began recommending a second vaccination against measles for children to increase the rate of immunization.