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Two cases of deadly diphtheria were detected in the Lothian area



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Diphtheria vaccination programs protect the majority of people in the UK

Two people are being treated in Scotland for potentially deadly diphtheria infections.

The NHS Lothian confirmed that the two cases were related and that both patients were thought to be in an Edinburgh hospital.

The board of health of those involved. recently returned from abroad.

Public health experts say the likelihood of any additional cases is minimal, as most people are protected by immunization given in childhood.

In Lothian, 98% of children are vaccinated against diphtheria by the age of 24 months. follow the line with the rules of the country in favor.

"We encourage people traveling overseas to visit Fit for Travel where they can access information on staying safe and healthy overseas, as well as specific health advice."


What is diphtheria?

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Diphtheria infection is spread through coughs and sneezes and can prove potentially deadly

Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially deadly infection that can affect the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin.

It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure and paralysis. rarely in the UK, as infants and children are regularly vaccinated against it.

But there is a small risk of catching the disease while traveling to certain parts of the world.

Source: NHS


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