The six year old boy in Olot (Catalonia) who became ill with diphtheria died overnight at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, a spokeswoman for the Catalan regional health authorities confirmed to The Spain Report by telephone.

He had not received anti-diphtheria vaccinations.

The young boy was admitted to hospital 28 days ago after it was confirmed he was suffering from the first case of diphtheria recorded in Spain since 1987.

An anti-toxin treatment was rushed to Barcelona from Russia but proved ineffective.

The boy's parents felt "terribly guilty" and that they had been...