Diphtheria is bacterial disease spread through close contact with discharge from an infected person's nose, throat, skin, eyes and skin. It is extremely rare in the United States, but is most common where people live in crowded conditions and among unimmunized chlidren or adults. Symptoms may begin to appear two to four days after infection, and can last from one to ten days.
Information for the General Public
Information for Public Health Departments
- Disease Plan
- Case Report Form
- Immunization Action Coalition
- Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
- Treatment Information - CDC