Toddler with diphtheria intubated

Public health doctor pleads for GPs to reinforce the need for vaccination in children, as well as adults who have not had a booster
Dr Paul Douglas.

A toddler who contracted diphtheria of the throat in northern NSW has had to be intubated in ICU, and a second child is also in hospital with the infection, public health authorities say.

The two children were close contacts, and a larger outbreak was not expected, said Dr Paul Douglas, from the North Coast Public Health Unit.