Diphtheria in Indonesia
According to AFP BB news, number of death cause of diphtheria reaches 32 people this year. Because of this, Indonesia government announced they prepare diphtheria vaccine for 8 million children this week.
According WHO, diphtheria outbreak is rare case in Indonesia. However, in Indonesia, 600 people are infected diphtheria and 32 people are killed in 95 areas of 20 states this year.
Indonesian Ministry of health explained that not enough announcement about vaccines and increasing the action against vaccination are reasons of increasing number of diphtheria patients.
The program of taking vaccination has started since 11 of December in 3 states including Jakarta, Indonesia.