ECDC advice ahead of Rugby World Cup in Japan


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has issued health advice ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The event will take place from 20 September to 2 November in Japan between 400,000 and 600,000 fans expected to attend. 

According to data provided by the ECDC from Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the country has experienced outbreaks of measles and rubella since 2018. As of 11 August 2019, 672 measles cases and 2,079 cases of rubella have been reported in 2019. For the same period, 13,095 cases of tuberculosis, 4,009 of syphilis and 727 of AIDS have been reported along with 200 cases of dengue fever and 16 of chikungunya.

The ECDC is advising that travellers attending the events should be fully vaccinated according to their national vaccination schedule. Vaccination with two doses of measles- and rubella-containing vaccines is advised for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated adults and children. There were no reported cases of Japanese encephalitis in 2019, and the ECDC says systematic vaccination against the disease is not necessary if travellers are taking a short trip of approximately one month and will stay in urban areas. 

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