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Respiratory diphtheria caused by Corynebacterium ulcerans--Terre Haute, Indiana, 1996.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9132587     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Diphtheria is a potentially severe illness; among unvaccinated persons, the case-fatality rate may be 5%-10%, even with appropriate treatment. During 1990-1995, approximately 4000 deaths resulted from the ongoing diphtheria epidemic in the former Soviet Union. In the United States, respiratory diphtheria is rare: during 1980-1995, only 41 cases were reported. Serologic studies in the 1970s and 1980s indicated that 20%-60% of U.S. adults aged > or = 20 years lacked immunity to diphtheria. This report describes a recent case of respiratory diphtheria caused by a toxin-producing strain of Corynebacterium ulcerans. The case occurred in a resident of Indiana, and an investigation by public health authorities indicated that acquisition of the organism occurred locally in the state.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0149-2195     ISO Abbreviation:  MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-29     Completed Date:  1997-04-29     Revised Date:  2008-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802429     Medline TA:  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  330-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Corynebacterium / classification,  isolation & purification*
Diphtheria / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  microbiology*
Middle Aged
Pharyngitis / drug therapy,  microbiology*

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