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How serious is diphtheria?

How serious is diphtheria?

Very serious for...: Unimmunized individuals. Case fatalities ranged from 3% to 23% during the epidemic in the former soviet union during the 1990s. Fully immunized individuals experience mild sore throat. ...Read more

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Diphtheria (Definition)

A potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper ...Read more


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How is diphtheria transmitted?

How is diphtheria transmitted?

Droplets/drainage: Diptheria is spread by contact with respiratory tract droplets from a respiratory carrier or drainage from skin lesions from a person with cutaneous diptheria.. ...Read more

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How should I treat diphtheria?

In many cases, YES: Otherwise, whoever has diphtheria can die, or while dying, can actively spread the disease to other people. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diphtheria?

DIPHTHERIA: The appearance of the membrane suggest th dx. Gram stain is positive to gram negative bacilli and send for culture for c. Diptheriae. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diphtheria?

Bad infection: Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae, a facultative anaerobic, gram-positive bacterium.[1][2] it is characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane (a pseudomembrane) on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity.[3] a milder form of diphtheria can be restricted to the skin. ...Read more

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Does diphtheria have a high mortality rate?

Toxic strains 3-23%: Diphtheria has more & less toxic strains with impact based on toxicity. In unprotected areas the case fatality rate during epidemics in the 90's was 3-23%. See aap/red book/28ed/diphtheria. ...Read more

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Do people with diphtheria have a lot of pain?

Yes: Diphtheria is a nasty illness. We don't see a lot of it here, but in a lot of foreign countries, notably russia and surrounding areas, diphtheria is alive and kicking. Be thankful we don't see it here anymore, and the vaccine is so effective. Unbearable throat pain, aches, and more. ...Read more

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Can having diphtheria cause you to be sterile?

Can having diphtheria cause you to be sterile?

Diphtheria: Not usually. The toxin is cardio toxic and the antitoxin will help with cardiac issues. Ii have not heard of sterility issues with diphtheria. I had the only case in the country 10 yrs ago. It will produce a greenish exudate and the tissue in the pharynx will slough. My patient sloughed all the tissue above her vocal cords. I had to put a breathing tube in her to save her life. ...Read more

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How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

48 hours: [not the eddie murphy movie! ] usually a person with diphtheria is no longer contagious after they've taken antibiotics for 48 hours. ...Read more

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Who developed the first antitoxin for diphtheria?

See below: Edwin klebs (1834-1913), a swiss-german pathologist, identified and described the bacterium that causes diphtheria in 1883. (just to point out the devastation that diphtheria caused, in 1883, the diphtheria death rate was 125 per 100, 000 people in new york city.) a year later, german bacteriologist friedrich loeffler (1852-1915) http://www. Historyofvaccines. Org/content/blog/early-uses-diphtheria-antitoxin-united-states. ...Read more

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Are diphtheria outbreaks common in developed countries?

Are diphtheria outbreaks common in developed countries?

Diphtheria: No, because we have a DTP or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine available. Undeveloped countries don't have the same level of vaccination and still do see problems with all of these infections. ...Read more

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Why is diphtheria mortality higher in children and adults over 40?

Why is diphtheria mortality higher in children and adults over 40?

Respiratory compromi: Lower immunity may be the reason for quick spread of disease causing respiratory compromise. ...Read more

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How are intromuscular injections related to tetnus, diptheria, and poilo?

How are intromuscular injections related to tetnus, diptheria, and poilo?

Vaccines given IM: Most vaccines like those for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis are given deep into a muscle. This location allows for proper distribution into the body through the blood flow into the muscle, allowing the immune system to begin developing antibodies. The blood flow in fatty areas is not as uniform & injected material could sit for long periods without proper distribution. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for diphtheria?

Yes: Diptheria antitoxin given IV and antibiotics to kill off the infection while protecting the airway with mechanical ventillation. ...Read more

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What's tetanus & diphtheria?

What's tetanus & diphtheria?

? TMI: This may be tmi, or too much information. But good articles on both are found here- http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/tetanus and http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/diphtheria. ...Read more

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What is diphtheria?

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. ...Read more

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What causes diphtheria?

What causes diphtheria?

C.diphtheriae strain: The germ corynebacterium diphtheriae is a bacteria that has a toxic strain that uses humans as it's only reservoir. It produces a variety of enzymes that allow it to penetrate and destroy cells or have toxic effects on the heart, kidneys & nerves. ...Read more

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