Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that can be transmitted person-to-person by coughing, sneezing, and touching anything infected with the bacteria (for example, a cup an infected person drank out of).
Symptoms of diphtheria include:
In severe cases, diphtheria can cause temporary paralysis and accumulation of mucous that causes breathing difficulties.
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Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health.