Diphtheria Antibody Levels in the Italian Population

  title={Diphtheria Antibody Levels in the Italian Population},
  author={Christina von Hunolstein and Maria Cristina Rota and Giovanna Alfarone and Maria Luisa Ricci and Silena Salmaso},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
 Immunity to diphtheria was assessed in serum samples obtained from 3111 healthy Italian males and females aged 0–84 years. Diphtheria antitoxin was tested using a double-antigen, time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (DA-DELFIA). According to internationally accepted criteria, antitoxin concentrations <0.01 IU/ml indicate susceptibility to diphtheria, those ≥0.01–0.09 IU/ml provide basic or inadequate protection, and concentrations ≥0.1 IU/ml are protective. By these criteria, 9.9% (95% CI, 8… CONTINUE READING


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