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What causes diphtheria?

Diphtheria is an illness caused by infection with Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria. The bacteria infect the airways and multiply there, and release a dangerous toxin that may cause damage to major organs of the body.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Cholera


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