After Boy’s Diptheria Death, Greek Health Officials Urge Vaccinations

December 9, 2019

ATHENS – The death of an 8-year-old boy from the respiratory disease diptheria, thought to have been eradicated in the country 30 years earlier, has authorities scrambling to advise children and adults to get vaccinated, although it didn’t help the victim who had been.

The National Health Organization (EODY) confirmed that the death of the boy in the intensive care unit of the Athens General Children’s Hospital was from diptheria, mystifying doctors and medical experts.

EODY and had asked the United Kingdom’s Public Health England agency to confirm whether that was indeed the case, which it did, the Greek health agency said in a statement as soon as it was known.

Theano Georgakopoulou, head of EODY’s epidimiology department, described the case as “extremely unusual,” as the 8-year-old had received all the necessary shots, and said it was important for both adults and children to be vaccinated against diphtheria soon.


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