Podcast #38: Diphtheria and March 18th

Run Time: 5 minutes

648x364_diphtheriaAuthor: Dr. David Rosenberg

Educational Pearls:

  • 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/

References: http://www.cdc.gov/diphtheria/about/causes-transmission.html

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