The number of RS (Respiratory syncytial) virus sufferers has reached the highest level in 11 years. The virus can cause pneumonia in infants and young children.
According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), medical institutions nationwide reported that 6,687 people were diagnosed with the RS virus between Nov 22 and Nov 29. That is 1,200 more people compared to the week before, Fuji TV reported.
The highest number was in Osaka, followed by Hokkaido.
Symptoms are similar to the common cold, but if children younger than 6 months old get infected, it could cause pneumonia and bronchitis which can be fatal.
The NIID is asking people to make sure to wash their hands, gargle and wear face masks in order to prevent the spread of the virus.© Japan Today