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I am doing a report on the disease Diphtheria Thedefinition of the disease is a bacterial disease thataffects the throat and can cause serious or fatalcomplications It is a serious disease caused by thebacterium There is a lot of history on this disease Inthe late 1800s diphtheria came across western Europe andthe United States it killed thousands of children Thediphtheria characterized by infection is more contagiousthan the disease characterized by respiratory infection Diphtheria is a disease of the respiratory system Itcauses membranes to grow on the inner throat Sometimes themembranes release a toxin into the bloodstreamwhich ispoisonous The membranes clog the air passages then youcan hardly breath most of the time you will die Youshould have complete bedrest for two to three weeks Then aman named Bela Schick came over the Schick test Hediscovered that the disease was only to be found in humans It may sometimes enter and effect the skin This disease isnow rare in most of the world That is most of the historyThere are many symptoms that can aware you that youhave the disease You should notice the first symptomsduring the first through seventh days after you get it Some of the first symptoms you sill get are fatigue alow-grade fever and a sore throat Next you will alsonotice swelling to the neck Some other symptoms arepainful swallowing nausea and vomiting chills bloodywatery drainage from nose scabbing of nostrils and upperlip bluish coloration of skin fever headache breathingdifficulty croup-like cough hoarseness stridor drooling and rapid breathing Those are most of the symptoms ofThere are many treatments for Diphtheria As soon asthe disease is suspected diphtheria antitoxin is given as anintramuscular injection The Disease is treated withantibiotics As an infant you should safely be give the DPTvaccine This vaccine is a three in one vaccine thatprotects against diphtheria pertussis and tetanus Thevaccine has some side effects as slight fever crankinessand tenderness of skin DPT is usually given in the leg orthe arm
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