Corynebacterium diphteriae


Bacteria: Corynebacterium diphteriae. SEM of the Gram- positive and rod-shaped bacteria. C.diphteriae is generally located in the human throat, but may affect other mucous membranes and the skin. It may cause constriction in the throat passage impeding normal breathing, sore throat and fever. The multiplying bacteria release toxins into the blood that may damage the heart and nerves. Treatment is with antitoxin, and use of penicillin drugs. Vaccination produces immunity.

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