Rubella Epidemics in Japan and Poland

Source: New York Times | Page: D4

By: McNeil Jr., Donald G.


Women who are pregnant or might be should consult their doctors before visiting Japan or Poland, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The countries are experiencing epidemics of rubella, with the outbreak in Japan being concentrated in cities frequented by tourists and business executives, such as Tokyo and Osaka. The number of cases in Japan has risen to more than 10,000 and continues to increase. Meanwhile, Poland has recorded more than 26,000 cases this year. Americans can only get the rubella vaccine in the triple measles/mumps/rubella formula, which is not recommended for pregnant women.

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