Volume 18, Number 2—February 2012
Diphtheria in the Postepidemic Period, Europe, 2000–2009
|Vaccination status||Classic diphtheria (with membrane)||Mild diphtheria/ severe pharyngitis||Cutaneous||Asymptomatic||Not known||Total|
*p<0.001 by test for trend (vaccination status and disease severity).
†Includes 52 fully vaccinated case-patients with classic respiratory diphtheria (with membrane) from an outbreak in the military in 2000. The outbreak comprised 145 symptomatic case-patients and 25 asymptomatic contacts. A total of 96% of these case-patients and contacts were 18–23 years of age at the time of diagnosis. Spread of disease was traced to use of a communal drinking cup (13).
1Additional members of the Diphtheria Surveillance Network who contributed data are listed in Technical Appendix 1.