By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports 13 diphtheria cases through October in Ghaziabad district in Uttar Pradesh state, according to a TOI report. This compares to 14 cases in 2020.

This child with diphtheria presented with a characteristic swollen neck, sometimes referred to as “bull neck”. Image/CDC

Two confirmed deaths were reported while two other fatalities are under investigation.

Vaccine hesitancy, despite ongoing immunization efforts, lack of awareness and illiteracy were some of the reasons cited for the cases.

“Children, who are not fully vaccinated as per the schedule, remain susceptible to the infection, which can be fatal if left untreated”, said WHO surveillance officer, Dr Abhishek Kulshrestha.

In addition to the diphtheria cases, nine measles cases have been reported in Ghaziabad district year to date.