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Childhood illnesses - Diphtheria

Useful information on the symptoms and risks associated with diphtheria, plus advice the childhood vaccine that provides diptheria immunisation.
The clinical case definition of diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness characterised by a sore throat, low-grade fever, and an adherent membrane of the tonsils, pharynx, and or nose.

Diphtheria is spread by droplets from the nose or mouth and if complications set in, it can cause breathing difficulties, damage to the heart and nervous system or even death.

The incubation period is from two to six days.
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