Diphtheria is a disease caused by bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans. It can cause respiratory symptoms or non-respiratory forms that affect other parts of the body, including the skin.

An effective vaccine is available against diphtheria and mass immunisation has led to the reduction in the number of cases in Europe.

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Latest outputs


Diphtheria - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

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Communicable disease threats report, 1-7 December 2019, week 49

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Peer-Reviewed Publication

Children Immunization App (CIMA) among Syrian refugees in Zaatari Camp, Jordan: Protocol for a cluster randomized controlled pilot trial intervention study

Oct 2019


Rapid risk assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia, 9–14 August 2019

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Diphtheria - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017

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