Japan confirms first case of rabies in 14 years
Japan Times -- May 25
The local government in the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, has announced that a person who traveled from the Philippines had developed rabies — the first case in Japan in 14 years.

The municipal government said Friday that the patient, whose sex, age and nationality were not disclosed, is believed to have contracted the deadly rabies virus in the Southeast Asian country after being bitten by a dog on the left ankle last September. Before coming to Japan for work in February, the person did not visit a doctor.

After starting to present symptoms of the virus on May 11, including pains in the ankle and other parts of the body, vomiting and hydrophobia, the resident of the city of Shizuoka was hospitalized in Toyohashi on Monday. The infection was confirmed on Friday in a genetic analysis by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. The patient has been in a serious condition.

Humans contract the rabies virus from dogs and other animals, and it is not usually transmitted between humans.

愛知県豊橋市の医療機関を受診した患者が「狂犬病」に感染していたことが分かりました。国内で人が狂犬病を発症したのは14年ぶりです。  豊橋市によりますと、患者は18日に腹痛や嘔吐(おうと)の症状などを訴え、市内の医療機関を受診しました。遺伝子検査の結果、22日に狂犬病ウイルスに感染していたことが分かりました。性別や年齢は公表されておらず、現在も集中治療室に入院していて重症です。患者は2月にフィリピンから就労のために来日していましたが、去年9月にフィリピン国内で犬に左足首をかまれ、この際に感染したとみられています。狂犬病を巡っては2006年にフィリピンから帰国した人が発症したケースが確認されています。
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