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Diphtheria - The Disease
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  1. What are the symptoms of diphtheria?
    Early symptoms of diphtheria may mimic a cold with a sore throat, mild fever, and chills. Diphtheria often causes a thick coating at the back of the throat, which can make it difficult to breathe or swallow. The nose, eyes, skin, heart and kidneys are other body sites affected

  2. How serious is diphtheria?
    Diphtheria is a serious disease: 5% to 10% of people with diphtheria die. Death occurs twice as often in those (older than 40 years or younger than 5 years).