Diphtheria is a disease caused by bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Corynebacterium ulcerans.Read the factsheet
Gap analysis on diphtheria diagnostic capacity
There are significant gaps in diphtheria diagnostic capacity within the EU/EEA, with only six Member States fulfilling the minimum criteria in terms of surveillance, specialised laboratory diagnostics and expertise.Read the report
Threats and outbreaks
Disease threats and outbreaks reports; Risk assessments, Communicable disease threats report.
Surveillance and disease data
ECDC’s annual epidemiological reports provide a wealth of epidemiological data to support decision-making at the national level.
ECDC encourages adoption of EU and ISO quality standards for diagnostic and reference laboratory services by its partners in EU laboratory networks and in line with national arrangements and regulations.
Prevention and control
An effective vaccine is available against diphtheria and mass immunisation has led to the reduction in the number of cases in Europe.
ECDC Vaccine Scheduler
The Vaccine Scheduler is an interactive tool that shows vaccination schedules for individual EU/EEA countries and specific age groups. With this tool comparisons can be made for vaccination schedules between two countries or by disease for all or a selection of countries.Read more