What are imported infectious diseases?
There are many infectious diseases that only occur rarely or not at all in Japan, but which are prevalent overseas.
(Examples include dysentery, typhoid fever, rabies, dengue fever, malaria, measles, etc.)
In recent years, there has been an increase in overseas tourists and movement between international borders. As a result, this has led to a rising number of reported cases of Japanese or foreign nationals thought to have picked up an infectious disease overseas.
It is important for everyone to take steps to protect themselves from infection and help prevent the spread of infectious diseases in their community.
Prevention of imported infectious diseases
Before you travel, make sure to find out in advance what kinds of diseases are prevalent at your travel destination.
You can protect yourself from some infectious diseases by receiving a vaccination or taking medicine.
Also, take care what you eat and make sure to apply insect repellent.
Where to inquire
|Imported infectious diseases||Health Safety Division, Health and Social Welfare Bureau (*Inquiries in Japanese only)|