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An estimated 5-10% of people who get the infection will die from complications.
Person-to-person through close contact with someone infected with C. diphtheria or their possessions.
Worldwide annually (estimated).
Mild fever (rarely >38.3ºC), sore throat, difficulty swallowing, malaise, loss of appetite, and if the larynx is involved, hoarseness.
Psuedo-membranes from in the throat, tonsils, pharynx, and larynx causing a potentially fatal obstruction of the airway and breathing difficulties.
Precautions against diphtheria, including good hygiene measures and vaccination should be considered:
Ensure diphtheria vaccinations are up-to-date or obtain a booster if traveling to endemic areas.
Regular and thorough hand hygiene.
Minimize contact with people showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
Avoid sharing personal items such as eating/drinking utensils, toothbrush and towels.