Diphtheria: a second person died in Lima of this disease after...


Updated 11/04/2020 at 4:59 PM

A second person died as a result of diphtheria, after 20 years of registering the last case of this disease in Peru, according to sources from the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

The patient was admitted to the Cayetano Heredia hospital and died on October 30. It is a 69-year-old woman.

After the last diphtheria case was reported in Peru 20 years ago, a 5-year-old girl was admitted to Dos de Mayo hospital when she presented symptoms of the disease. Given this, the Ministry of Health launched an epidemiological alert.

However, the youngest died on October 30 due to complex and persistent cardiac arrhythmias caused by diphtheria.

Dos de Mayo Hospital specified that this cardiac complication did not yield to the intensive treatment administered by medical personnel.

On October 28, the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Luis Suárez, detailed, in a press conference, that the girl had lived for 12 months in the Manzanilla area, on the border of the Cercado de Lima and La Victoria, after living in Loreto with their parents.

In addition, he explained that the minor only received vaccines at birth and that she had not been given more preventive doses of other diseases.


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