An Outbreak of Diphtheria: A Story of Investigation and Control

Corothers, T. E.; Zatlin, Gabriel S.
January 1966
Clinical Pediatrics;Jan1966, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
Since the end of World War II, diphtheria in the U.S. has been characterized by a steady decrease in cases reported annually. In very recent years, community outbreaks have become infrequent, characterized by many fewer cases than formerly. Most cases now reported are single occurrences or due to spread within an unimmunized family. During September 1962, a localized outbreak of diphtheria was brought under the control in Sioux City, Iowa. This article intends to describe the outbreak and the methods used to eradicate the focus.


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