Diphtheria is Back, Say Venezuelan Doctors

This week, we’ve seen multiple stories related to the crumbling health infrastructure in Venezuela amid the country’s economic crisis. Now, doctors say that diphtheria, not seen in Venezuela since 1992, is back.
2 local public health associations reported yesterday that the infectious disease, once a major cause of illness and death but now rare thanks to vaccines, is spreading in the southern state of Bolivar and has killed 17.
They called upon the government—which has stopped publishing weekly health statistics, and has not commented on the alleged outbreak—to boost access to scarce vaccines and antibiotics to counter the threat. The state’s ruling party governor said no cases had been proven, but pointed to a vaccination effort underway.

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