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Manual for the surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases. Chapter 1: Diphtheria
  • Published Date:
    Aug 2011
  • Language:
    English
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (U.S.)
  • Series:
    Manual for the surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases ; chapter 1
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  • Description:
    Chapter 1 of: Manual for the surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases. 5th Edition, 2011.

    Diphtheria is an uncommon disease in the United States. It is caused by infection with toxigenic strains of gram-positive Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Important sites of infection are the respiratory mucosa (respiratory diphtheria) and the skin (cutaneous diphtheria). Rarely, extra-respiratory mucosal sites, e.g., the eye, ear, or genitals, may be affected. Humans are the only known reservoir of C. diphtheriae. The disease is transmitted from person to person by respiratory droplets or direct contact with respiratory secretions, discharges from skin lesions or, rarely, fomites.

    hpt01-dip.pdf

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