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Diphtheria

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Diphtheria is an acute, toxin-mediated disease that is most often spread by person to person contact with infected respiratory secretions.

General information

Information for health professionals

  • This is a Wisconsin Disease Surveillance Category I disease:
    Report IMMEDIATELY by TELEPHONE to the patient's local public health department upon identification of a confirmed or suspected case. The local health department shall then notify the state epidemiologist immediately of any confirmed or suspected cases. Within 24 hours, submit a case report electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case Report F44151, or by other means. DHS Communicable Disease Reporting  

  • Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines: Diphtheria EpiNet 
  • ACIP recommendations  
  • Diphtheria photos  
  • Diphtheria vaccine information statement  

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Last Revised: March 26, 2014