Diphtheria is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Most infections are asymptomatic or have a mild clinical course, but in some outbreaks, the lethality rate approaches 10%.... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Infectious disease
  • Symptoms:  Sore throat, fever, barking cough
  • Usual onset:  2–5 days post-exposure
  • Causes:  Corynebacterium diphtheriae (spread by direct contact and through the air)
  • Diagnostic method:  Examination of throat, culture
  • Prevention:  Diphtheria vaccine
  • Treatment:  Antibiotics, tracheostomy
  • Frequency:  4,500 (reported 2015)
  • Deaths:  2,100 (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo