Diphtheria returns to Laxmangarh area of Alwar district in Rajasthan, India

There have been 10 suspected cases of diphtheria reported in the Laxmangarh area of Alwar district.

Advice

About 1 out of 10 adults who get diphtheria dies, and as many as 1 out of 5 children younger than 5 years. 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 the 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.