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How does diphtheria spread

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Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Aerosolized: Aerosolized droplets or rarely infected skin lesions..This is a rare disease because of excellent vaccination outreach.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Droplet, skin disch: The diphtheria organisms are spread by respiratory tract droplets or by contact with discharge from skin lesions.

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What is diphtheria?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Diphtheria: Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the upper airway caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. This disease was historically associated with severe illness and sometimes death, until the vaccine against it was developed in the early 1920's. Currently, immunization schedules including the DTaP vaccine have been tremendously successful in preventing this disease.

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