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Diphtheria - liars tell us it is harmless

Diphtheria

child has diphtheria
thick grey coating over back of throat
coating can eventually expand down through airway
if not treated, the child could die from suffocation

Diphtheria
can cause serious illness
kills 1 of 10 people infected with it

Diphtheria germ
lives in mouth, nose, and throat of an infected person
spreads through direct contact with an infected person

Once infected
takes 2-5 days to get sick

Symptoms
some people might not feel or look sick
others might have
sore throat
fever
chills
difficulty swallowing
thick grey coating over the back of the throat

Complications
within 6-10 days serious problems can occur
suffocation
paralysis
heart failure
coma
death

Diphtheria

child has "bullneck diphtheria"
neck very swollen
might eventually be unable to breathe

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