Diphtheria cases triple, deaths rise

  • 1999-04-01
  • Daniel Silva
RIGA - Health authorities want the public to get their diphtheria shots following a rise in deaths from the highly contagious disease."We are very worried about the high fatality rate; 15 percent of all people who become infected die because of the disease," said Aija Griskevica of the National Environment Health Center. "That is the highest death rate from the disease of any country. It is a very bad situation."In the United States, only one person in 10 who gets diphtheria dies from it. And far fewer people become infected. From 1980 to 1989, only 24 cases of diphtheria, including two dea...
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