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Respiratory diphtheria in an asylum seeker from Afghanistan arriving to Finland via Sweden, December 2015
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Bacteriology. (Micael Widerström)
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2016 (English)In: Eurosurveillance, ISSN 1025-496X, E-ISSN 1560-7917, Vol. 21, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 2
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-130563DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.2.30105PubMedID: 26840007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-130563DiVA, id: diva2:1067930
Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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