Queensland man has died after contracting a rare highly contagious illness.

The man, 27, from Cairns, was flown to the Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane on January 24, suffering from Diphtheria, reports Courier Mail.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service confirmed on Thursday the man had sadly passed away

Health officials are at a loss as to how the man contracted the contagious and potentially life-threatening illness, rarely found in Australia.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the man hadn’t done any recent international travel.

It is understood he wasn’t vaccinated against diphtheria, and health officials have stressed the importance of being fully immunised.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones.

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Share your comments below.

  • My understanding is that Tetanus and Diptheria are in the same vaccination.
    Booster shots are given every 5 years or when an injury requires it.


  • My thought are with his loved ones, bless them.


  • Diphteria? In Australia? I would have never imagined. Poor man! Condolences to his family. :-(


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