Diphtheria epidemic plagues Latvia

  • 1999-10-21
  • By Blake Lambert
RIGA - A disease that ravaged Eastern Europe more than 50 years ago has caused 80 deaths in Latvia since 1993, seven this year.Diphtheria, a bacterial infection that is passed from person to person through close physical and breathing contact, has been contracted by more than 900 people during that period of time. Health experts say the disease has not been properly contained in Latvia for the past six years.The most recent fatal case was a 49-year-old woman from Liepaja who worked on the cleaning staff of the city's hospital.As a result, the disease, which can cause a throat infection that...
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