diphtheria News

Why diphtheria is a concern: long-time vaccine, yet rising recent numbers

Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria, a bacterium. The primary infection is in the throat and upper airways.

Season’s first diphtheria death in Delhi, doctors sound alert

Diphtheria is an infectious bacterial disease that affects the throat and upper airways, and produces a toxin that affects the other organs. As per the World Health Organisation, the disease can be fatal in 5-10% of the cases.


Diphtheria deaths: What makes children vulnerable to disease that can be prevented by vaccination

In the last four months, over 60 children have died of diphtheria in Delhi’s Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital. The Indian Express tracked down their families to understand what makes children vulnerable to a disease that can be prevented by vaccination.

Diphtheria deaths: No blood bank, ambulance, X-ray, finds report

The report tabled in the House meeting of North corporation on Wednesday has been prepared by senior doctors of RML Hospital, Kasturba Gandhi Hospital and senior officials of the corporation.

Diphtheria deaths: Specialist doctor posts vacant at hospital, says NDMC

“The North corporation is under acute financial crunch. Not many people want to work in corporation hospitals where the salary remains delayed for months, especially at a time when the private sector is so lucrative,” said a North body official.

Delhi Diphtheria deaths: ‘Serum ready, hospital has not collected it’

150 vials of the diphtheria antitoxin were kept ready since the last 15 days, but no one from Maharishi Valmiki Infectious Diseases Hospital came to collect them, despite intimation, says the director of the Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli.


Time for a dose

With diphtheria back in Kerala’s Malappuram after a year, Dr Cherukara and his team must get children to a vaccination camp

Diphtheria returns to Kerala, two die

Health Minister V S Sivakumar said the tempo of vaccination had decreased in Malappuram and Kasargode districts due to the anti-immunisation stand of certain sections.

State wants 5-in-1 vaccine

Pentavalent shot UP has sent proposal to Centre for nod

Largest number of diphtheria deaths reported from Delhi

Most cases of diphtheria across the country have been reported from Delhi,according to recent figures.