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Volume 18, Number 2—February 2012

Research

Diphtheria in the Postepidemic Period, Europe, 2000–2009

Karen S. WagnerComments to Author , Joanne M. White, Irina Lucenko, David Mercer, Natasha S. Crowcroft, Shona Neal, Androulla Efstratiou, and on behalf of the Diphtheria Surveillance Network
Author affiliations: Health Protection Agency, London, UK (K.S. Wagner, J.M. White, N.S. Crowcroft, S. Neal, A. Efstratiou); State Agency Infectology Center of Latvia, Riga, Latvia (I. Lucenko); World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark (D. Mercer); Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (N.S. Crowcroft); University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto (N.S. Crowcroft)

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Table 2

Isolates of toxigenic Corynebacterium ulcerans and patient deaths reported by DIPNET member countries, Europe, 2000–2009*

Characteristic Patient description† No. toxigenic isolates (no. deaths)
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Country
France Total 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 1
Germany Total 1 1 (1) 0 0 1 2 1 2 0 2
Italy Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Netherlands Total 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Romania Asymptomatic 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden Symptomatic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Not known 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
United Kingdom Total 7 (1) 3 2 2 1 2 2 (1) 3 3 2
No. symptomatic patients NA 8 6 3 3 5 4 5 7 4 5
No. isolates NA 8 (1) 6 (1) 4 3 6 4 6 (1) 7 4 5

*DIPNET, Diphtheria Surveillance Network; NA, not applicable
†If only total is shown for a country, all patients were symptomatic.

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1Additional members of the Diphtheria Surveillance Network who contributed data are listed in Technical Appendix 1.

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