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Island focus: 8 suspected diphtheria cases found in NTB

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4 2018   /  12:52 am

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Health Agency has found eight people with suspected diphtheria across the province in the past week, an official said on Wednesday.

“Five patients have been taken to the Bima General Hospital [RSUD], while the other three are being treated at the NTB General Hospital [RSUP] in Mataram,” said NTB Health Agency head Mardjito.

He said the five patients at RSUD Bima tested negative for diphtheria after their test samples were examined at a private laboratory in Surabaya, East Java.

The three patients at RSUP NTB in Mataram are being treated in isolation rooms while the hospital awaits the results of their laboratory tests.

“Two of the patients are children and the other is an adult. Clinically, they are all still [suspected diphtheria cases]. We are awaiting the laboratory results to see whether they test positive for diphtheria,...