Run Time: 5 minutes
Author: Dr. David Rosenberg
- There are two cases of diphtheria per year in the United States due to our ubiquitously provided vaccinations.
- Diphtheria presents with a grey, leather-like appearance in the back of the throat as well as a “seal-bark” cough. This is caused by a relatively weak bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which is dangerous because of the toxin it produces.
- An anti-toxin can be given to combat the toxin produced by Corynebacterium diphtheria. This anti-toxin serum is held at the CDC in Georgia currently.
- On March 18th, the Iditarod is run in Alaska to commemorate a sled dog team, led by Balto, that ran from Nome to Anchorage and back to provide children in Nome with the diphtheria anti-toxin serum.
Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/diphtheria-and-march-18th/