Diphtheria outbreak in South Africa

There is an outbreak of diphtheria in the KwaZulu-Natal Province (eThekwini and Ugu districts) with 15 cases and 4 deaths.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highly contagious diphtheria can occur anywhere in the world at any time. Diphtheria is a serious disease caused by a toxin (poison) made by bacteria. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to infection by the highly contagious diphtheria by ensuring that their childhood vaccinations, including diphtheria (DPT), are up-to-date prior to travelling.

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