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J Epidemiol. 2007 Dec;17 Suppl:S48-55.

Epidemics of vector-borne diseases observed in infectious disease surveillance in Japan, 2000-2005.

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Department of Hygiene, Fujita Health University School of Medicine, 1-98, Kutsukake-cho, Toyoake, Aichi 470-1192, Japan.



Observing the epidemics of vector-borne diseases is important. One or more cases of 6 vector-borne diseases were reported to the National Epidemiological Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in Japan in 2000-2005.


The reports of those cases were available. The incidence was observed by region of acquired infection, prefecture reporting, and week and year of diagnosis.


The incidence rate per year per 1,000,000 population was 0.36 for dengue fever, 0.04 for Japanese encephalitis, 0.38 for Japanese spotted fever, 0.08 for Lyme disease, 0.74 for malaria, and 3.50 for scrub typhus. There were no cases of dengue fever or malaria derived from domestic infections. The yearly incidence rate increased for dengue fever and Japanese spotted fever, and declined for malaria and scrub typhus. The proportion of cases reported in Tokyo was 44% for dengue fever and 37% for malaria. The number of prefectures reporting one or more cases of Japanese spotted fever increased in western Japan. The cases of scrub typhus increased in autumn-winter in prefectures of eastern Japan, and increased both in autumn-winter and spring in western prefectures.


The study reveals the epidemiologic features of both temporal and geographic distributions of cases of 6 vector-borne diseases in Japan, 2000-2005.

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