An outbreak of diphtheria in San Antonio, Texas, has concerned health authorities. They have set?
TV PAN..Large queues outside clinic
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CU Children receive injections (4 shots)
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Background: An outbreak of diphtheria in San Antonio, Texas, has concerned health authorities. They have set up special clinics throughout the city and are inoculating the population against the disease.
On Tuesday (18 August) 5,000 residents queued outside one of the city clinics in temperatures constantly in the mid-90's. So far almost 27,000 have received their inoculations.
67% of confirmed cases of diphtheria have been school age children. With schools due to re-open again in a week's time ... after their summer vacation ... health officials are working desperately to prevent an even wider-spread epidemic. The officials are worried because the epidemic could last at least a year before being stamped out. The acute and highly infectious disease results in membranous impairment of the throat and air passages, and can be fatal.