Berger A.,National Consiliary Laboratory for Diphtheria |
Meinel D.M.,Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority |
Schaffer A.,Public Health Authority |
Ziegler R.,Institute for Clinical Hygiene |
And 3 more authors.
Infection | Year: 2016
Background: In June 2015, a 45-year-old man suffering from acute necrotic tonsillitis and throat phlegmon was hospitalized in Nuremberg, Germany. After emergency surgery the patient was initially treated with antibiotics. Results: A throat swab grew a toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae biovar mitis strain. The patient’s vaccination status was not documented and the patient was tested serologically for anti-diphtheria antibodies showing no protective immunity. Extensive control investigations were performed by the local health department showing no likely source of his infection. Conclusion: No secondary cases were found and the patient completely recovered. © 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg Source