Diphtheira outbreak in Venezuela may be bigger than reported initially

There are some reports suggesting that the outbreak of diphtheria that resulted in the deaths of 12 children in Sifontes may also extend to Caroní where 5 children died from this infection. There are more suspected cases reported in Uyapar and Puerto Ordaz (2 in each municipality).

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highly contagious diphtheria can occur almost anywhere in the world at any time. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to the highly contagious diphtheria by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including diphtheria (DPT), are up-to-date prior to travelling.