Diphtheria in Venezuela - update

Diphtheria continues to spread in Venezuela with an increase of 200 to 300 infected children reported by 6 states in the past few weeks. Since the first cases were diagnosed in the state of Bolívar, cases have been reported in Monagas, Sucre, Anzoátegui, Miranda, and Apure. The states of Amazonas, Delta Amacuro, Zulia, Carabobo and Barinas are considered to be at high risk for spread of this infection.

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Advice For Travellers

The official statistics may underestimate the actual number of cases due to underreporting. While the risk for the average traveller is low, 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.