Two cases of imported respiratory diphtheria in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2019

Lucy Li*, Daniella Ross, Katherine Hill, Sarah Clifford, Louise Wellington, Colin Sumpter, Naomi J. Gadsby, Jennifer Crane, Karen F. MacSween, Katie L. Hopkins, Norman Fry, Oliver Koch, Janet Stevenson

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Abstract

We report two cases of respiratory toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae infection in fully vaccinated UK born adults following travel to Tunisia in October 2019. Both patients were successfully treated with antibiotics and neither received diphtheria antitoxin. Contact tracing was performed following risk assessment but no additional cases were identified. This report highlights the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for re-emerging infections in patients with a history of travel to high-risk areas outside Europe .

Original languageEnglish
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume148
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Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2020

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Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s), 2020. Published byCambridge University Press.

Citation: Li, L., Ross, D., Hill, K., Clifford, S., Wellington, L., Sumpter, C., . . . Stevenson, J. (2020). Two cases of imported respiratory diphtheria in Edinburgh, Scotland, October 2019. Epidemiology and Infection, 148, E143.

DOI: 10.1017/S0950268820001028

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