Since November 2017, there have been around 5,000 suspected cases of diphtheria among the Rohingya refugees sheltering at Cox’s Bazar in eastern Bangladesh after fleeing their native Myanmar. In humanitarian crises, disease is often the first emergency but this outbreak took aid workers by surprise.

Scientific American: Gavi CEO Dr Seth Berkley explains why the diphtheria outbreak at Cox’s Bazar is an entirely preventable public health crisis

Last updated: 23 Sep 2019

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