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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Australia : Authorities confirm woman died from diphtheria

Article from ABC News :

" Queensland Health says the death of a 22-year-old woman from diphtheria in Brisbane highlights the importance of being fully immunised.

The woman died in hospital last week after apparently having contracted the bacterial infection from a friend who had recently returned from overseas.

Queensland Health says there is no risk for those who are fully vaccinated against the disease.

Chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young says a diphtheria outbreak is unlikely because the vast majority of Australians are immunised."

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