Is diphtheria more common in males or females?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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No significant differences exist between the incidence of diphtheria in males and females. In certain regions of the world, however, women may have lower immunization rates than males. Female infants and young children account for the majority of deaths in endemic regions.


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