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Volume 11, Number 2—February 2005

Letter

Imported Cutaneous Diphtheria, Germany, 1997–2003

Andreas Sing*Comments to Author  and Jürgen Heesemann*
Author affiliations: *Max von Pettenkofer-Institut für Hygiene und Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Munich, Germany

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Cutaneous diphtheria cases caused by toxigenic Corynbacterium diphtheriae in Germany, reported to the German Consiliary Laboratory, 1997–2003

Y Sex Age (y) Biotype Localization Country Vaccination status
1997 F* 20 mitis Heel Thailand +†
2000 M* 60 mitis Thigh Indonesia +†
2001 M* 60 mitis NR‡ NR‡ NR‡
2001 F* 39 mitis Ear Kenya (+)§
2002 M* 5 mitis Foot; gun wound Angola –¶
2002 M* 10 mitis Thigh; gun wound Angola –¶

*M, male; F, female.
† +, vaccination status as recommended in Germany (basic and booster immunization).
‡ NR, not reported.
§ (+), vaccination status only partial as recommended in Germany (only basic immunization).
¶ –, not vaccinated.

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