Deadly diphtheria outbreak confirm in Nigeria

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has confirmed 798 cases of diphtheria in Nigeria since December 2022, resulting in one death.

In a recent statement, the NCDC revealed that 654 confirmed cases were in unvaccinated people.

Outbreaks have been reported in several states, with Kano recording the highest number of cases at 782. Children between the ages of 2 and 14 make up the majority of cases, and case fatality rates are ten%.

The NCDC emphasizes the importance of vaccination in preventing diphtheria and highlights the need to improve immunization rates historically, as less than half of children under 15 years of age are fully protected. from this disease

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