Two cases of deadly diphtheria detected in Lothian area

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Image caption Diphtheria vaccination programmes shield most individuals in the UK

Two persons are being handled in Scotland for the doubtless deadly diphtheria an infection.

NHS Lothian has confirmed the 2 cases are associated and each sufferers are considered in hospital in Edinburgh.

The well being board stated these concerned had just lately returned from abroad.

Public well being specialists stated the chance of any extra cases was very small, as most individuals had been protected by immunisation given in childhood.

In Lothian, 98% of youngsters are vaccinated towards diphtheria by the age of 24 months.

Alison McCallum, director of public well being for NHS Lothian, stated: “All shut contacts of these sufferers have been recognized, contacted and adopted up in line with nationally agreed tips.

“We encourage folks travelling overseas to go to Fit for Travel the place they’ll entry data on find out how to keep protected and wholesome overseas, in addition to vacation spot particular well being recommendation.”

What is diphtheria?

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Image caption The diphtheria an infection is unfold by coughs and sneezes and might show doubtlessly deadly

Diphtheria is a extremely contagious and doubtlessly deadly an infection that may have an effect on the nostril and throat, and typically the pores and skin.

It can result in issue respiratory, coronary heart failure and paralysis.

The an infection is unfold by coughs and sneezes, or by sharing objects reminiscent of cups, cutlery, garments or bedding with an contaminated person.

It is uncommon in the UK, as a result of infants and youngsters are routinely vaccinated towards it.

But there’s a small danger of catching the illness whereas travelling in some elements of the world.

Source: NHS

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