TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Flu season in Japan is causing many people to fall ill, with over one million cases reported. As a result the Japanese government has issued a nationwide alert urging people to wash their hands frequently and wear masks outside in crowded areas.
Travelers planning to visit Japan in the coming weeks should also be careful and take precautions. In addition to the national warning, local governments in Japan including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Shizuoka, Ibaraki, Nagano, and Fukuoka have also issued public warnings.
The highest concentrations of patients checking in with the flu at hospitals and clinics are reportedly in Hokkaido, and Aichi prefectures, with many suffering from the H1N1 strain of flu that was a major health concern ten years previous.
The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare says that 446,000 cases of the flu were reported the last week of December, which represented a spike of over 300,000 from cases reported the previous week, prompting the nationwide warning.
This season, the total reported cases of the flu in Japan already numbered over 1,064,000, which is approximately 11 people for every hospital or medical clinic in the country, according to reports.
When the average surpassed the “10 person per medical facility” mark, the central government deemed it necessary to issue the warning.
Travelers visiting Japan and those already there should observe the government’s advice.
Likewise, many cases of the flu have also been reported in Taiwan this season, and medical professionals here likewise urge everyone to take proper precautions and wash thier hands frequently.