By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the diphtheria situation on the island of Hispaniola, the two countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have now seen 23 total confirmed cases to date.
The Dominican Republic with 12 confirmed cases including 9 deaths, and Haiti has seen 11 confirmed cases including 2 deaths.
Vaccination coverage for both countries is below where it needs to be: In Haiti, since 1980, DTP3 coverage has been less than 95%, with an average of 75% between 2010 and 2019 (range: 60%-79%), while DTP4 coverage reached a maximum coverage of 46% in 2019.
In the Dominican Republic, since 1979, DTP3 coverage has been less than 95%, with an average of 87% between 2010 and 2019 (range: 83%-94%), while DTP4 reached a maximum coverage of 83% in 2019.
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