diphtheria diphtheria  /dɪf ˈθɪ ri ə/

Definition(s):

  • (n) acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing

Usage(s):

  1. Few babies under six months catch measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria or infantile paralysis.
  2. When the child was one year old, she received toxin-antitoxin against diphtheria.
  3. Only 3% to 18% could name each of the others, which include pneumococcal disease; hepatitis A; hepatits B; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; meningococcal disease; and shingles.

News

  • Free booster shots for adults in Ocean View

    A state public health nurse will be providing free booster shots to people 19 and older at the Ocean View Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, South Kona/Ka‘u Councilwoman Brenda Ford said Friday. The shots will be for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: West Hawaii Today

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Quotes

  1. "My dad always used to say laughter is the best medicine, that's why when I was six, I nearly died with diphtheria," jokes Spikey. "But I think in the North West there is an attitude that every cloud has a silver lining."
    on Apr 3, 2008 By: Dave Spikey Source: icSeftonandWestLancs

  2. "Most people believe that victory over the infectious diseases of the last century came with the invention of immuni[z]ations," writes Dr. Andrew Weil in Health and Healing. "In fact, cholera, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough,...
    on Sep 15, 2009 By: Andrew Weil Source: The New American

  3. In an e-mail, a staffer who works for committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., noted an "unusual need for whomever attending to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B," as well as "the more normal things - tetanus, diphtheria, and...
    on Oct 14, 2007 By: Bennie Thompson Source: Forbes

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