When I last posted a news update about diphtheria on February 21st, there were 1,100 cases and 66 people had died.

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Yemeni children wait to receive vaccine against diphtheria disease at a health center on March 13, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that a diphtheria outbreak killed 73 people in Yemen since August 2017.

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A Yemeni child receives a diphtheria vaccine at a health centre in the capital Sanaa on March 14, 2018. More than eight million Yemenis are at risk of famine as port blockades, cholera and diphtheria have brought the Arab world’s most impoverished country to its knees. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

From ABC News:

The World Health Organization is reporting that the diphtheria outbreak has now spread to 1,300 people. 80% of those cases are children or young adults and more than 70 people have died.

Diphtheria, first reported in Yemen in October last year, is a contagious and potentially fatal disease that primarily infects the throat and airways.

WHO said Friday a vaccination campaign targeting 2.7 million Yemeni children has been completed in 11 governorates.