Diphtheria outbreak spreads in Pakistan

The number of children infected with diphtheria has increased dramatically in the South and North Waziristan agencies. At least 30 children have died while dozens are reported hospitalized. The disease is spreading to adjoining districts, including Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, and Bannu.

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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.