Diphtheria in Venezuela

The governor of Bolivar state, Venezuela confirmed this week that there are 93 cases of diphtheria in the town of San Antonio, Sifontes municipality, according to a report from El Diario de Guayana.

The Venezuelan Society of Public Health says diphtheria was eradicated in Venezuela in the late 1940s. Officials state they have the vaccines and medicines to prevent and combat the outbreak.

Bolivar state is also the region in Venezuela most affected by the current malaria epidemic, the largest in 75 years.

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