Diphtheria-like disease caused by toxigenic corynebacterium ulcerans strain

Vartul Sangal, Leena Nieminen, Barbara Weinhardt, Jane Raeside, Nicholas P. Tucker, Catalina Diana Florea, Kevin G. Pollock, Paul A. Hoskisson

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Toxigenic Corynebacterium ulcerans is an increasingly reported cause of diphtheria in the United Kingdom and is often associated with a zoonotic origin (1,2). Here, we report a case of diphtheria caused by toxigenic C. ulcerans in a woman, 51 years of age, from Scotland, UK, who was admitted to a hospital in August 2013 with a swollen, sore throat and a gray-white membrane over the pharyngeal surface. The patient had returned from a 2-week family holiday in the state of Florida, United States, before the admission and also reported recent treatment of a pet dog for pharyngitis. The patient was believed to have been vaccinated against diphtheria during childhood. She was immediately admitted to an isolation ward and treated with a combination of clindamycin, penicillin, and metronidazole.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1258
Number of pages2
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • corynebacterium ulcerans
  • diphtheria
  • vaccination


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