Diphtheria in a highly immunized population

R. Sheffer*, E. Marva, R. Mimon, P. Slater, A. Cohen, T. Shohat

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Although diphtheria vaccination is routine world-wide, outbreaks of the disease continue to occur in supposedly vaccinated populations. The incidence of diphtheria in Israel is very low, with only 3 cases reported in the past 24 years (all in unvaccinated children). In 2 of the 3 an asymptomatic carrier was identified among the patients' close contacts, presumable the source of the infection. We describe a recent case of diphtheria. It is important for physicians to be aware of the possibility of diphtheria occurring despite the high rate of vaccination in our population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108, 166
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 2000
Externally publishedYes


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