Diphtheria - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted person-to-person by coughing, sneezing, and touching anything infected with the bacteria (for example, a cup an infected person drank out of).

Symptoms of diphtheria include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Possible skin infections that look like an ulcer or rash

In severe cases, diphtheria can cause temporary paralysis and accumulation of mucous that causes breathing difficulties.

Diphtheria in Niagara

  • Monitoring as far back as 2006, there have been no reported cases in Niagara and Ontario

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Confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health.

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