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How should i treat diphtheria?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
In many cases, YES: Otherwise, whoever has diphtheria can die, or while dying, can actively spread the disease to other people.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

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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