A new case of Diphtheria in a 6 year old in Northern NSW is the second, but the these are the first cases in Australia this century.

The 6 year old was unvaccinated and the younger child is in intensive care.

It is not clear how the disease was contracted.  The DTP vaccine given to children provides good immunity from the bacterial disease.

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Produced By: Roderick Chambers

Featured In Story: Associate Professor Meru Sheel, Sydney School of Public Health Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney

First aired on The Wire, Tuesday 5 July 2022