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Dengue is currently ravaging the country's capital. But the IMA (Indian Medical Association) is worried about another deadly disease that could be around the corner diphtheria. Asserting that it was time the government sounded an alert, the IMA has asked for an immediate survey of the vaccination status of children in Kozhikode. A move that is meant to thwart the spread of the disease form the neighbouring Malappuram.
In a statement, IMA president, Kozhikode chapter said, "The diphtheria cases being reported from Malappuram should open the eyes of the government."
He added that since children were the most easily infected, it was essential that the government asses the status of vaccinations in the city, and made it a priority to vaccinate those children who have not yet been vaccinated. He also added that the state unit's call for vaccination camps in schools and orphanages was a good move to protect the most vulnerable sections of society.
He also added that the state's unit of the IMA along with the Indian Academy of Paediatrics were discussing the situation and ways to prevent a massive outbreak.
What is diphtheria?
Caused by the organism, Cornybacterium diphtheria, diphtheria is a life threatening disease that can be fatal. It is highly contagious and can spread through the cough droplets of an infected person. Getting a vaccine against the disease is the best way to prevent the onset of the disease.
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