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Japan Travel Alert: DDC Warns of Deadly Flesh-Eating Bacteria

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The yellow arrow playfully points the way for outgoing travelers at Suvarnabhumi airport. (File photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Hold on to your travel plans, especially if you’re Japan-bound! The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has issued a crucial advisory for all those planning to visit the mesmerizing Land of the Rising Sun. Japan, which has recently eased its COVID-19 restrictions, is currently grappling with an unusual and perilous enemy—a rare flesh-eating bacteria that’s raising health alarms. This unwelcome visitor is none other than the streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS), a frighteningly swift killer that can claim lives in just a mere 48 hours.

For those packing their bags and brushing up on their Japanese phrases, the DDC has a vital reminder: Shield yourselves effectively! The bacteria can transmit from person to person through minuscule droplets of body fluid or even through exposed wounds. Especially vulnerable are the elderly, children, pregnant women, and anyone with pre-existing health conditions or fresh surgical wounds. Consider taking extra protective measures to avoid becoming STSS’s next victim.

The DDC advises travelers to make masks and sanitizer their travel companions. Toss in some wound dressings and antibiotic cream into your suitcase, and don’t forget to get yourself some reliable health insurance! These aren’t just packing tips; they could be lifesavers.

Highlighting the seriousness of the situation, the DDC referenced the Japanese infectious diseases weekly report. According to data from May 20-26, Japan recorded 30 STSS cases, with a tragic loss of six lives. The numbers since the start of the year paint an even grimmer picture: from January 1 to May 26, a whopping 690 STSS cases were documented, leading to the deaths of 163 individuals—accounting for an alarming 23% fatality rate.

STSS comes knocking after a visit from Group A streptococcus, a devious bacterium that can bypass the body’s antibodies, burrow into deep tissues, and unleash a toxin potent enough to cause shock and organ failure. Though its initial symptoms—a high fever, shivering, and body pain—might seem manageable, don’t be fooled. The disease can dramatically worsen within 24-48 hours.

Fortunately, Thailand has yet to report any STSS cases, according to the DDC. The hope is that by spreading awareness and encouraging protective measures, travelers can stay safe and healthy.

So, keep your spirits high and your precautions higher. While you’re marveling at Japan’s cherry blossoms, bustling streets, and historical temples, make sure to shield yourself from STSS. After all, the best travel memories are the ones made when you’re healthy and safe!


  1. Jenna K. June 17, 2024

    This is terrifying! I have a trip planned to Japan next month. Should I cancel it?

    • TravelBuff123 June 17, 2024

      No way, Jenna! Just take the necessary precautions. Don’t let fear stop you from experiencing such a beautiful country.

      • Harry P. June 17, 2024

        I agree. It’s scary, but if you’re careful, you should be fine. Just keep sanitizing and avoid crowded places.

    • Dr. Sophia June 17, 2024

      If you have underlying health conditions or a weak immune system, I’d seriously reconsider. Better safe than sorry.

  2. Mike June 17, 2024

    The media always blows these things out of proportion. Probably won’t see a single case outside Japan.

    • Ellen W. June 17, 2024

      Tell that to the families of the 163 people who died this year.

      • Mike June 17, 2024

        163 out of millions? That’s like nothing.

  3. Sophie Y. June 17, 2024

    Why is the DDC focusing on Japan? These kinds of bacteria exist everywhere.

    • Tommy L. June 17, 2024

      Because Japan reported a spike in cases, and it’s a popular travel destination.

    • Hannah G. June 17, 2024

      Exactly. Better to be overly cautious than to ignore the warning completely.

      • Sophie Y. June 17, 2024

        Fair point, but it feels like fear-mongering to me.

  4. Raj June 17, 2024

    How effective are masks really in preventing something this serious?

    • Dr. Emily June 17, 2024

      Masks can help prevent the spread of droplets that carry bacteria. Combined with other measures, they are effective.

      • Raj June 17, 2024

        Got it, thanks Dr. Emily!

  5. Karen D June 17, 2024

    People need to stop freaking out. It’s just another disease. We all have to die someday.

    • Melissa T. June 17, 2024

      Wow, that’s a bleak outlook. Not everyone is ready to throw caution to the wind.

  6. Alex90 June 17, 2024

    This advisory came just in time, I was about to leave for Tokyo next week.

    • TravMan June 17, 2024

      Better to be prepared, Alex. Make sure you pack extra masks and sanitizer.

      • Alex90 June 17, 2024

        Will do, thanks for the tip!

  7. Olivia June 17, 2024

    What are the symptoms again? High fever, shivering, and body pain?

    • John S. June 17, 2024

      Yes, and it can escalate quickly to shock and organ failure.

  8. Peter J. June 17, 2024

    Why hasn’t Thailand reported any cases? Isn’t it close to Japan?

    • Lucy June 17, 2024

      Every country has different dynamics. Maybe they caught it early or are just more fortunate.

  9. Chris M. June 17, 2024

    I’m still going to Japan! You can get sick anywhere; at least I’ll get sick somewhere amazing.

    • Erica F. June 17, 2024

      That’s the spirit! But don’t forget to stay safe.

  10. Innovator989 June 17, 2024

    Why isn’t there a vaccine for these kinds of bacterial infections yet? We need better medical advancements.

  11. Bella L. June 17, 2024

    Isn’t it risky for elderly people to travel now? I was planning a trip with my grandparents.

    • Paul Green June 17, 2024

      Maybe reconsider or consult their doctor. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

      • Bella L. June 17, 2024

        Good idea. I’ll ask their physician first.

  12. Denise June 17, 2024

    The DDC should provide more practical advice, like which areas are safest to visit in Japan.

    • TouristX June 17, 2024

      Totally agree! More detailed info would be so helpful.

  13. EcoNinja June 17, 2024

    Considering the environmental crisis, maybe it’s a good thing if people travel less.

    • Jake R. June 17, 2024

      There’s a point in there. Travel does have a huge carbon footprint.

      • EcoNinja June 17, 2024

        Exactly. Maybe this is a wake-up call.

  14. David June 17, 2024

    This advisory just scared the hell out of me. I’m reconsidering my trip now.

    • Kimmy T. June 17, 2024

      Don’t cancel just yet! Read up more and decide based on facts, not fear.

      • David June 17, 2024

        Thanks, Kimmy. I’ll definitely do some more research.

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