Amendment of Order for Enforcement of the Infectious Diseases Control Law and the Quarantine Law in Japan, as of February 2011

(IASR 32: 49, February 2011)

The Order for Enforcement of the Law Concerning the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Medical Care for Patients of Infections (the Infectious Diseases Control Law) and the Quarantine Law were partly amended on February 1, 2011. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has partly amended the regulation of the Infectious Diseases Control Law, simultaneously.

Chikungunya fever has included in the category IV and multi-drug-resistant Acinetobacter infection in the category V infectious diseases under the National Epidemiological Surveillance of Infectious Diseases (NESID) (see Table). All physicians must notify Chikungunya fever cases promptly after diagnosis to the nearby health center from February 1, 2011 (IASR 32: 159-160, 2011).

Sentinel hospitals must report the cases of the multi-drug-resistant Acinetobacter infection every month to health centers together with those of other three drug-resistant bacterial infections.

Hepatitis A was included in the target disease of infectious agent surveillance from February 1, 2011 (see Table).

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