Diphtheria in Belgium: 2010-2017.

Last updated on 10-1-2023 by Dominique Pierre

Peer reviewed scientific article




In Western Europe, the incidence of both respiratory and cutaneous diphtheria, caused by toxin-producing , or , has been low over the past few decades thanks to the use of an effective vaccine and a high level of vaccination coverage. However, the disease has still not been eradicated and continues to occur in all of Europe. In order to prevent sequelae or a fatal outcome, diphtheria antitoxin (DAT) should be administered to suspected diphtheria patients as soon as possible, but economic factors and issues concerning regulations have led to poor availability of DAT in many countries. The Eu…

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