Diphtheria is a severe infection spread through contact with the saliva and mucus of another individual. Also it goes on to affect multiple areas of the body, notably the throat leading to respiratory issues.

Risk areas for Diphtheria


Common in many countries in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.


  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Swollen glands


To help reduce your risk of infection you can wash your hands frequently with sanitisers or soap. Avoiding sharing personal items such as eating and drinking utensils

For further information, speak to one of our travel experts or visit your local travel clinic.

Content Reviewed By

Ghulam Haydar,
MPharm, IPresc
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