Epidemic levels of hand, foot and mouth disease in Japan

Almost 217,000 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported nationwide in Japan this year. This is the second highest number of cases in Japan's history. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases expects this epidemic to continue until September. The most affected regions include Osaka, Miyazaki, Niigata and Yamagata.

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Advice For Travellers

Small children less than ten years old are most susceptible to infection with one of several viruses that cause this infection. Travellers who are travelling with small children can decrease the risk of exposure to this virus by washing their hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.