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"After the breakup of the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s, vaccination rates in its constituent countries fell so low that there was an explosion of diphtheria cases." DPT vaccine by no means can't prevent disease, because it contains toxoid, but not bacterium.I don't understand how this myth is spread. We should remove the link between vaccination rates and explosion of diphtheria cases from article.

Information still missing[edit]

Article contains no information on CUTANEOUS diphtheria, an important form of infection independent from respiratory cases. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:39, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

As an amateur I do not know the correct initial (or empirical) treatment for diphteria. Could anyone enlighten? JFW | T@lk 12:33, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I just edited the history section. I'm surprised there was no mention of the vaccine, so I added that and a chart demonstrating the death rates recorded in the United States. I know it's messy, my apologies for being footnote impaired, hopefully someone who understood the wikipedia footnoting page will be along. Uncleosbert (talk) 20:11, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

wht part of the population those the dipheria[edit]

It is virtually non-existent in Western countries as a result of vaccination. In Eastern Europe it is more common at the moment, and affects the low socio-economic. JFW | T@lk 21:41, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

according to the Treatment[edit]

the treatment of case or carriers:

if diphtheria is strongly suspected clinically ; antitoxins should given immediately after bacteriologic specimen without waiting the results

1.serotherapy : single dose 20.000-100.000 Iμ is given I.M or I.V depending on the severity of the disease.

2.Penicillin or Erythromycin is given with antitoxic sera :

  -procain penicillin (25.000-50.000 μ kg/day) for children and 102 million with maximums 2gm/day for adults in two doses
  -Parental Erythromycin 40-50 mg/kg/day for 14 days


I removed the pronunciation from the article because it looked to me like an attempt at prescriptivism against the [pθ] pronunciation. I considered putting in both variants, but since there's dialectal (and theoretical) variation as to how to transcribe the second vowel, and since it's really not an irregular word that you'd need to be told the pronunciation for anyway, I decided it's better just to leave it out entirely. --Ptcamn 11:55, 12 May 2006 (UTC)


Removed from Treatment section:

You shouldn't take any medications containing lysoliam in them if you have diptheria.

Reference? What is "lysoliam" referring to? Tearlach 09:08, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

The Soviet Union did not break up in the 1980s. Please fix the data and cause of breakout of ditheria at the time in USSR. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:01, 16 February 2011 (UTC)


What is the nature of the "pseudomembrane?" Is it a thick film of bacterial cells, or something secreted by the bacteria? Or is it some sort of defense mechanism created by the body? Why does it form a film? I would be interested if some kind medical person could add these details. -- (talk) 08:23, 19 January 2008 (UTC)

The simplified version is, the pseudomembrane is a film buildup of the organism (Corynebacterium diphtheriae), combined with dead epithelial cells and dead WBCs.Wzrd1 (talk) 13:59, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

new learner[edit]

i am a student doing a project for health and i was assigned diphtheria as my infectuous disease.i know nothing about the topic and would appreciate help if you have any information on the topic you would like to share with me please leave a message!Mustanglearner93 (talk) 21:19, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

more links[edit]

Seems like this article could link to "Jim"? (talk) 02:27, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

cardiac arrest[edit]

The article currently asserts

In addition, the hyper sensitivity of the larynx may cause cardiac arrest around the intubation

which doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. An earlier version made more sense, but I couldn't quite follow where in the editing history this got changed or why; there may have been some good-faith change that was intended but didn't quite get implemented right. Anyone who can figure out what this is supposed to say, please fix it. --Trovatore (talk) 12:55, 6 August 2008 (UTC)


The phrase "is given to all school children" should be changed to "is reccomended for all school aged children" since it is a CDC reccomendation, but not something that ALL school children do. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:41, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Good point. I changed it as you suggested. Franklinjefferson (talk) 18:37, 14 June 2009 (UTC)


I belive that correct code is A36, not A30? Vedran12 (talk) 21:37, 29 June 2009 (UTC)