Diphtheria in adults more common than a decade ago: study

Most cases are being acquired in countries that are population travel destinations for Australians

Doctors have notified 45 cases of diphtheria in the past decade, whereas just one notification was recorded in the previous decade, an Australian study shows.

The rising number of notifications underlines the need for greater awareness of adult vulnerability to transmission during travel, immunisation specialists say in an epidemiological review.