Nigeria diphtheria outbreak update: More than 300 confirmed cases


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in Diphtheria follow-up In Nigeria, between week 19 (mid-May) of 2022 and week 7 (mid-February) of 2023, 724 suspected cases of diphtheria were reported from 20 states in Nigeria, with the majority of cases reported from Kano (533, 74 ) %), Yobe (86, 12%), Katsina (45, 6%), Sokoto (14, 2%), Enugu: (9, 1%), Osun: (7, 1%), Osun (7, 1%), Kaduna: (6, 1%), Lagos (5, 1%), and Zamfara (5, 1%) states, Global Health Organization reports.

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A total of 89 deaths were recorded among all suspected cases, representing a case fatality rate of 12.3%. Of the suspected cases, 313 have been confirmed.

Children aged 2-14 years make up the majority of confirmed cases (85.2%). Only 43.2% of confirmed cases have been vaccinated with a vaccine containing diphtheria toxin.

last week, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issued a travel notice for Nigeria due to the outbreak.

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