Did I Get Diphtheria?

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I want to ask, my brother is diphtheria and is currently being treated. Previously I did not know that my Soadara got diphtheria, so I dared to pick up my sibling. after that I got the flu and the day after that I coughed lightly. Am I infected ??

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Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacterial infection oforynebacterium diphtheriae. This bacterium is highly contagious especially through the airways (for example when diphtheria sufferers sneeze or cough), although it can also be transmitted through contaminated items (eg diphtheria drinking glasses, holding tissue used by diphtheria sufferers, contaminated toys, etc.) , or in the case of diphtheria cutaneous (diphtheria infection in the skin) can also be transmitted through direct touch to the wound.

If it is confirmed that your brother has diphtheria, you should immediately consult a doctor for further examination. The diagnosis of diphtheria can be confirmed by physical examination and throat swabs. The therapy given is administration of diphtheria antitoxin and also antibiotics. Even if you do not have diphtheria symptoms, you and also people who have had contact with a child suffering from diphtheria should immediately go to the doctor to get infection prevention therapy and diphtheria vaccine booster. Suggest all your families who have children to have a complete vaccination in children and also for all your families (children or adults) to do diphtheria vaccine booster.

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