Two cases of diphtheria in Ireland after almost 50 years

Almost 50 years after it was last reported, diphtheria has made a comeback in Ireland with two recent cases.

One case of the potentially fatal disease was reported last year and one this year, the HSE confirmed. Both patients were adults aged between 45 and 55 years and survived after treatment with antibiotics; one was male and one female.

The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre declined to say where the cases occurred for reasons of patient confidentiality. One of the adults was not vaccinated while the vaccination status of the other was not known.

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