What Is Corynebacterium Diphtheriae?

Corynebacterium diphtheriae, also known as the Klebs-Löffler bacillus, is the pathogenic bacterium that causes diphtheria — a serious infection that can lead to paralysis, heart failure, and even death.

History of Corynebacterium Diphtheriae

In 1886, a scientist named Kruse discovered the species corynebacterium diphtheria while studying harmful bacteria at a local university.

Kruse described it as a rod-shaped, gram positive, non spore-forming, and nonmotile bacteria.

A few decades after his discovery, researchers all over Europe studied multiple scientific studies to find out more about corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Those studies revealed that corynebacterium diphtheriae causes the disease diphtheriae primarily in tropical regions and underdeveloped countries.

Furthermore, the same studies also explained why unvaccinated children, immunocompromised individuals, and poorly immunized adults face the highest risk of contracting diphtheria.

Diphtheriae only affects the upper respiratory system of our bodies. It forms a thick gray coating in the nasopharyngeal region, making it difficult for the individual to breathe and swallow.

Once caught, the disease usually remains contagious for at least two weeks following disappearance of symptoms. However, sometimes, symptoms last for up to a month.

So diphtheriae is one of the worst known diseases, as its painful symptoms last for a long time.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Corynebacterium Diphtheriae

As we mentioned earlier, corynebacterium diphtheriae can cause diphtheriae, but what we didn’t mention was that it’s also the only documented cause of diphtheriae.

People who catch diphtheria typically suffer from the following symptoms:

  • Fever and chills
  • Nasal discharge
  • A sore throat or hoarseness
  • Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
  • Swollen glands (enlarged lymph nodes) in the neck
  • A thick, gray membrane covering the throat and tonsils

Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that diphtheria can lead to more serious conditions if it’s not treated right away.

How You Can Treat Corynebacterium Diphtheriae

Since corynebacterium diphtheriae is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.

Currently, doctors typically prescribe an antitoxin or antibiotics like penicillin or erythromycin to help kill bacteria in the body, clearing up the infection caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae.

All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.

You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae?

If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill corynebacterium diphtheriae is all you need to do.

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