Dominican Republic: Four children hospitalized with diphtheria in Santo Domingo


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Four children They were admitted with a diagnosis of diphtheria to the Robert Reed Cabral Hospital in Santo Domingo. The minors belong to the Barahona and Doverjee communities.


These are children from two different families in two remote communities, which means there is an active outbreak of the disease in both communities.

The hospital said the children were between two months and four years old.

Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that causes infections of the respiratory tract and skin. It can be transmitted from person to person through coughing and sneezing, and through contact with infected skin sores.

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Diphtheria bacteria make a toxin (toxin) that kills healthy tissues in the respiratory tract. Within two to three days, dead tissue forms a thick, gray film that can build up in the throat or nose making breathing and swallowing very difficult. If the poison reaches the bloodstream, it can cause damage to the heart, nerves, and kidneys.

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