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Cases of diphtheria in Latvia have doubled in the last three years

LSM.LV is reporting that “the cases of diphtheria in Latvia have doubled in the last three years”

Whilst diphtheria has “all but eradicated in other EU countries”, the article points out that Latvia has witnessed 20 deaths over the past 15 years. The article argues that a lack of awareness of the importance of immunisation is partly to blame.

The article points out that one third of all EU cases of diphtheria are in Latvia and that an outbreak in the early 1990s led to 300 people catching the disease.

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