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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-63

Trend, morbidity profile and immunization status of diphtheria admitted cases: A 5-years review from a sentinel centre in Kolkata

1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Murshidabad Medical College, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, I.D and B.G. Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Principal, Department of Community Medicine & Principal, I.D. & B.G. Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Professor and H.O.D, Department of Community Medicine, Midnapur Medical College, Midnapur, West Bengal, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_148_20

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Despite strengthening of the universal immunization program, diphtheria remains endemic in India. Diphtheria is under surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases of the World Health Organization and also in India. The present record-based retrospective study was conducted on 241 confirmed diphtheria patients admitted in an infectious disease hospital of Kolkata over 5 years (2015–2019) with the objectives of assessing the admission trend, immunization status, and outcome of patients. Among the patients, majority (57.3%) were female; 50.6% were ≥15 years; 49.0% resided in rural areas. Five-year admission rate did not show any declining trend. Major number of cases occurred in 2016; another peak observed in 2019. Only 27.4% fully immunized rest either partiality immunized (44.4%) or nonimmunized (28.2%). Overall, 54% of the patients developed any complications, and case fatality was 9.5%. Gradual age shift toward adults reiterated the widespread use of adult immunization with Td vaccines. Early reporting to the hospital is necessary to reduce complications and case fatality.

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