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Eurosurveillance, Volume 21, Issue 2, 14 January 2016 / Rapid communication

Respiratory diphtheria in an asylum seeker from Afghanistan arriving to Finland via Sweden, December 2015 [      ]

J Sane 1, T Sorvari 1, M Wideström 2, H Kauma 3, U Kaukoniemi 4, E Tarkka 5, T Puumalainen 6, M Kuusi 1, M Salminen 1, O Lyytikäinen 1

Author affiliations: 1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease Control Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland 2. Department of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Stockholm County Council, Stockholm, Sweden 3. Department of Internal Medicine, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland 4. Department of Infectious Diseases, Länsi-Pohja Central Hospital, Finland 5. Helsinki University Central Hospital, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, Laboratory Services, HUSLAB, Finland 6. Department of Health Protection, Vaccination Programme Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland

Correspondence: Jussi Sane ( jussi.sane@thl.fi)

Citation style for this article: Sane J, Sorvari T, Wideström M, Kauma H, Kaukoniemi U, Tarkka E, Puumalainen T, Kuusi M, Salminen M, Lyytikäinen O. Respiratory diphtheria in an asylum seeker from Afghanistan arriving to Finland via Sweden, December 2015. Euro Surveill. 2016;21(2):pii=30105. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.2.30105

Received:15 December 2015; Accepted:13 January 2016



In December 2015, an asylum seeker originating from Afghanistan was diagnosed with respiratory diphtheria in Finland. He arrived in Finland from Sweden where he had already been clinically suspected and tested for diphtheria. Corynebacterium diphtheriae was confirmed in Sweden and shown to be genotypically and phenotypically toxigenic. The event highlights the importance of early case detection, rapid communication within the country and internationally as well as preparedness plans of diphtheria antitoxin availability.

Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Migrants; Finland; Sweden; Diphteria.


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