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Asymmetric (Gender) Warfare & Japanís Rubella Virus Outbreak
Discover Magazine ^ | 07/15/2013 | Rebecca Kreston

Posted on 07/16/2013 6:46:38 PM PDT by TexGrill

Japan is in the midst of a rubella outbreak that has already infected over 5,000 people in just the first four months of this year. Since the early 2000s, the country has undergone cyclical five-year rubella epidemics, with community-wide outbreaks cresting in the spring and summer. But in the past two years the number of infections has surged dramatically from a hundred-odd cases every year into the thousands, and a weird epidemiological pattern has emerged thanks to a quirk in Japan’s vaccination policy in the 1970s: 77% of cases in the rubella outbreak have occurred in men over the age of 20 (1).

Since the 1970s, many of us have had the option of being vaccinated against this fever and rash-causing virus through combination inoculations such as the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine. But in 1976, Japan began a national immunization campaign using a vaccine protective exclusively for rubella, a “single-antigen rubella vaccine,” and targeted schoolgirls enrolled in junior high.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japanrubella
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1 posted on 07/16/2013 6:46:38 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

No replies? Bizarre.

I would have thought with all the hoopla over NOT immunizing your children there would be some talk.

Maybe try this one again in a week or two, after the St. Martin stuff dies down.

2 posted on 07/16/2013 9:19:13 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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