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How can people get diphtheria?

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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Droplets or skin: Spread through respiratory secretions (cough or sneeze) or direct contact with lesion.
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Diphtheria: This is an acute upper respiratory tract infection, but sometimes it infects the skin. Hippocrates first described the disease in the 4th century BC and major epidemics swept through Europe in the 17th century. It was known as 'the strangling angel of children'. it spreads through droplet infection. The means by respiratory secretions ( sneezing, coughing)

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can you get diphtheria more than once?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes. Even individuals recovering from diphtheria should be immunized against the disease as soon as possible. http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=388276.

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