Diphtheria claims children's lives in Myanmar

Six children have died from diphtheria in Yangon and Ayeyarwady regions this year. A number of infected children were also reported from Magway regions.

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Advice For Travellers

Sporadic cases of diphtheria occur every year in Myanmar, mostly in children of ethnic minorities where vaccination against this infection is not available. Although the risk for the general traveler is low, all 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.