First case of diphtheria in 28 years diagnosed in Spain

A child is critically ill with diphtheria in Barcelona. This is the first local case of this infection diagnosed in Spain in the last 28 years. The child was not vaccinated against this infection. Public health control measures are being implemented.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk in this case for travellers is low, 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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