Venezuela doctors sound alarm on reported return of diphtheria



Venezuelan doctors on Thursday warned of a diphtheria outbreak in the crisis-stricken country, calling on the government to boost availability of scarce vaccines and antibiotics to stem the disease which local media and the opposition report has killed some two dozen people.
Diphtheria is an infectious disease that chiefly affects the throat and upper airways and is spread through physical or respiratory contact. It is fatal in around 5 to 10 percent of cases, according to the World Health Organization.
Last seen in Venezuela in 1992, diphtheria has been spreading in the southern jungle... read more

 
6 October 2016 in World News, Views: 36
Source: Reuters
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