Doctors urged to remain vigilant on suspected Diphtheria cases

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Thursday alerted the health professionals to remain vigilant for picking up suspected Corynebacterium Diphtheria cases and to undertake prevention and control measures during the winter season of 2022.

According to the advisory issued by the NIH’s Center for Disease Control for Prevention and treatment of Corynebacterium Diphtheria, sporadic cases of Diphtheria continue to be reported in Pakistan and usually presented during November to February while in the year of 2022, there were 26 laboratory confirmed cases reported from all across the country.

It said that the Diphtheria is a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease caused by infection with toxin producing strains of Corynebacterium Diphtheriae. It is transmitted usually from person-to-person through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing.