Diphtheria outbreak is a concern in northern Thailand

Between the first of June and the present, 36 confirmed cases of diphtheria including 2 deaths were reported in northern Thailand. This outbreak began in the northeastern region of Thailand in Loei province and spread to adjacent provinces. Currently, cases have been reported from 16 provinces, including Loei, Udonthani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai, Nan, Uttaradit, Phichit, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Ratchasima and Surat Thani. Prevention and disease control measures have included rapid treatment of cases and contacts with readily available antibiotics.

Travellers are reminded that outbreaks of the highly contagious diphtheria can occur 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.

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