Rare outbreak of diphtheria in Ethiopia

A rare outbreak of diphtheria has been reported in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples area. To date, there have been 31 suspected cases and 6 deaths.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Diphtheria .