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Cutaneous and pharyngeal diphtheria imported from the Indian subcontinent.
  1. P. E. Hart,
  2. P. Y. Lee,
  3. D. C. Macallan,
  4. M. H. Wansbrough-Jones
  1. Department of Communicable Diseases, St George's Hospital, London, UK.


    We report the case of a 32-year-old woman who presented upon returning from India with cutaneous ulcers on the feet and pharyngitis. Microbiological testing showed the causative organism to be a toxigenic strain of Corynebacterium diphtheriae. She was treated successfully with penicillin and diphtheria antitoxin. This case emphasises the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for such rare but significant infectious diseases.

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