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Diphtheria in Latvia

Following a regional epidemic during the 1990’s, Latvia has continued to experience a high incidence of diphtheria. [1]  This phenomenon is difficult to explain on the basis of poor vaccine uptake. The following graph compares W.H.O. estimates of vaccination (DPT3) coverage with diphtheria rates reported in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. [2]

DiphtheriaLatvia

References:

1. Berger SA. Infectious Diseases of Latvia, 2015. 436 pages, 103 graphs, 1,497 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-latvia/

2. Berger SA. Diphtheria – Global Status, 2015. 333 pages, 445 graphs, 374 references. Gideon e-books, http://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/disease/diphtheria-global-status/

3. http://www.gideononline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Gideon-Graphs.pps

 

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