Two patients suffering from diphtheria in Edinburgh hospital
Two cases of potentially deadly disease diphtheria have been diagnosed by medics in an Edinburgh hospital.
The patients are believed to have travelled overseas recently and the two cases are thought to be related. They are being treated in an Edinburgh hospital.
The illness is very rare in the UK due to immunisation. In Lothian, 98 per cent of children are vaccinated against diphtheria by the age of 24 months. Since 2015, there have only been five other reported cases north of the border.
Alison McCallum, director of public health for NHS Lothian, said: "All close contacts of these... read more