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In Depth Life-saving diphtheria drug is running out

Two children have died in Europe in the past 2 years because they suffered from diphtheria and did not get an antiserum that neutralizes the deadly toxin produced by Corynebacterium diphtheriae in time. The antitoxin, produced in horses, is in short supply worldwide; the market is too small to make production profitable. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to highlight the shortage in a report expected early in 2017 that will also address Europe's diagnostic capacity for diphtheria. Meanwhile, researchers are trying to make the antitoxin in cell culture, which could help shore up production and improve quality. Author: Kai Kupferschmidt
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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world's fourth most populous country this year.
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Diphtheria is spreading fast in Cox ’s Bazar
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Background: Eosinophils interact directly with airway nerves in patients and mouse models of asthma.Aim: We investigated the effects of eosinophils on airway ganglia number and neurotransmitter expression.Methods: Adult wild-type (WT, C57Bl/6), eosinophil-deficient (PHIL, diphtheria toxin expression driven by the eosinophil peroxidase promoter), and airway eosinophilia mice (NJ1726, IL5 expression driven by the CC10 airway epithelium specific promoter) were studied. Whole mount tracheas were labeled with antibodies against the pan-neuronal marker PGP9.5 and with either: substance P, neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), o...
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 is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium Diphtheriae. Signs and symptoms usually start 2 – 5 days after exposure and range from mild to severe. Symptoms often come on gradually, beginning with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produces a poison (toxin) that causes a thick grey or white patch at the back of throat. This can block the airway making it hard to b reathe or swallow and also create a barking cough. The neck may swell in part due to enlarged lymph nodes. The poison may also get into the blood stream causing &nb...
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