A diphtheria epidemic has broken out in Kano State in Nigeria, killing at least 25 people, most of them children, but the figures could change.
This state has already recorded more than 70 suspected cases linked to this bacterial infection. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a state of emergency and is monitoring the situation in four of the country’s 36 states.
On the other hand, Nigeria has not experienced such an epidemic of diphtheria in recent years, although the ability to diagnose the disease and treat patients is limited in many remote areas.
Additionally, Diphtheria causes breathing difficulties, heart failure, and paralysis. Those most at risk are those who have not been vaccinated or who live in crowded areas or places with poor sanitation.