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Dutch government acts on diphtheria fears

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6932.812 (Published 26 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:812
  1. Tony Sheldon

    The Dutch government is to consider updating its guidelines for treating diphtheria as a result of epidemics of the disease in Russia and the Ukraine. The move comes three months after a suspected case of diphtheria in the Hague. The bacterium was never isolated, but antiserum to treat the disease was imported.

    Dutch medical textbooks on diphtheria date from the 1950s; only 12 cases have occurred in the past 23 years. There is concern about the level of immunity …

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