Corynebacterium diphtheriae

Agent Name
Corynebacterium diphtheriae
Major Category
Biological Agents
Infectious Agents
Only 18 cases of diphtheria were reported in the USA between 1980 and 1994. Transmission occurs by contact with infected patients through respiratory droplets or skin lesions. Unimmunized children under the age of 15 are most susceptible. Outbreaks in recent years occurred in Ecuador and countries of the former Soviet Union.
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