China on alert over Bangladesh diphtheria

The Standard    

11 January, 2018 19:25 PM

China on alert over Bangladesh diphtheria

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Chinese quarantine authorities today issued a notice alerting travellers to guard themselves against diphtheria in Bangladesh, Yemen and Indonesia.

Travelers from regions with diphtheria outbreaks should report to quarantine and inspection authorities if they have fever, throat pain or swollen tonsils, according to a statement from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The agency also asked those going to those countries to take general hygiene measures and avoid contact with people showing symptoms.

According to the World Health Organization, 2,248 suspected cases of diphtheria infections were reported in Bangladesh's Rohingya camps between November 8, 2017, and December 23, 2017, including 26 deaths.