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Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacterium, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, that usually affects the tonsils, throat, nose and/or skin. It is passed from person to person by droplet transmission, usually by breathing in diphtheria bacteria after an infected person has coughed or sneezed. Although diphtheria disease is rare in the U.S., it appears that C diphtheriae continues to circulate in areas of the country with previously endemic diphtheria. Diphtheria also occurs in many other parts of the world.
Iron deficiency during infancy may reduce protective effect of vaccines

Iron deficiency during infancy may reduce protective effect of vaccines

New clinical trial to assess safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma to prevent COVID-19

New clinical trial to assess safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma to prevent COVID-19

Antibody cocktail with potential to treat COVID-19 identified

Antibody cocktail with potential to treat COVID-19 identified

Anti-RBD antibodies shown to neutralize active SARS-CoV-2

Anti-RBD antibodies shown to neutralize active SARS-CoV-2

Scientists find way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading

Scientists find way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading

Study highlights the importance of child vaccine against infections

Study highlights the importance of child vaccine against infections

Scientists develop new way to deliver molecules that target specific genes within cells

Scientists develop new way to deliver molecules that target specific genes within cells

Houston Methodist receives FDA approval to transfuse donated plasma into a COVID-19 patient

Houston Methodist receives FDA approval to transfuse donated plasma into a COVID-19 patient

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tetanus diphtheria booster shots not needed by adults says study

Tetanus diphtheria booster shots not needed by adults says study

Scientists use toxin from rattlesnake venom for chronic pain

Scientists use toxin from rattlesnake venom for chronic pain

Plasma from recovered patients used to treat coronavirus a valid approach, WHO says

Plasma from recovered patients used to treat coronavirus a valid approach, WHO says

Novel formulation allows use of toxin from rattlesnake venom to control neuropathic pain

Novel formulation allows use of toxin from rattlesnake venom to control neuropathic pain

New technology distinguishes between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases

New technology distinguishes between two progressive neurodegenerative diseases

What parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

What parents need to know about the HPV vaccine

Scientists break new ground with animal-free antibodies for diphtheria

Scientists break new ground with animal-free antibodies for diphtheria

Malaysia announces first case of polio in the country for 27 years

Malaysia announces first case of polio in the country for 27 years

Legislation and rising incidence of vaccine preventable diseases – the connection explored

Legislation and rising incidence of vaccine preventable diseases – the connection explored

FIRS calls for an end to preventable deaths from pneumonia

FIRS calls for an end to preventable deaths from pneumonia

Homeopathy quackery - NHS leaders urge caution

Homeopathy quackery - NHS leaders urge caution