Europe News Desk!!! Nigeria’s health authorities have confirmed 216 cases of diphtheria since December 2022 in the country’s four states, with 40 deaths. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) said 211 cases had been confirmed in the northern state of Kano, with 38 deaths, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. The country’s southwestern state of Lagos has reported two cases with two deaths, the northeastern state of Yobe has reported two cases of diphtheria with no deaths, and one case in the southwestern state of Osun, the report said. has come to the fore. Of the 216 cases of diphtheria, 184 are between the ages of 2 and 14, Xinhua news agency reported, with response activities including vaccination programs being the focus in the affected states. Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium species of bacteria that affects a person’s nose, throat, and sometimes the skin. Symptoms of diphtheria include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes, and swollen neck. In severe cases, a thickened gray or white patch appears on the tonsils and/or in the back of the throat, which is associated with difficulty breathing.
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