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A diphtheria outbreak has struck the Manston detention centre, which houses over 3,000 migrants.
We take the safety of those in our care extremely seriously and are profoundly saddened by this event. A post-mortem examination will take place so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time. (2/2)
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) November 19, 2022
What is Diphtheria and how it spreads?
According to the NHS, Diphtheria is a highly contagious infection that affects the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin. It’s a potentially fatal bacterial infection. It spreads through coughs, sneezes, and close contact with an infected person.