Chen, Robert T. Infant Immunization Section, Centers for Disease Control, Surveillance Investigations and Research Branch, Atlanta, Georgia.
Vitek, Charles HIV Vaccine Section, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
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An acute infectious disease of humans caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Classically, the disease is characterized by low-grade fever, sore throat, and a pseudomembrane covering the tonsils and pharynx. Complications such as inflammation of the heart, paralysis, and even death may occur due to exotoxins elaborated by toxigenic strains of the bacteria.
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