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Diphtheria is a serious disease causing inflammation of the nose, trachea and throat caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The bacteria produce toxins causing the body to produce an abnormal membrane in the throat which can lead to suffication. Diphtheria is usually contracted by inhaling the sneeze or cough of an infected person. 1 in 10 people who contract diphtheria will die from the disease. 



  • Severe sore throat

  • Runny Nose

  • Malaise

  • Fever

  • Swollen lymph nodes (throat)

  • A black or grey coating on the throat

  • Breathing difficules

  • Swallowing difficulties

  • A rare skin infection, characterised by pus filled wounds



A vaccine for diphtheria is available, and routinly given with as a combioned vaccine with Tetanus. Boosters are recommened every 10 years. Ask your doctor if you need a booster before travelling.  

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