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La difteria es una enfermedad infecciosa aguda causada por la bacteria productora de toxinas que se llama Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Por lo general, esta enfermedad afecta al tracto respiratorio (en especial a la laringe, amígdalas y garganta). Puede también afectar la piel y la toxina producida por esta bacteria puede dañar los nervios y el corazón. En la actualidad, la enfermedad es poco frecuente en muchas partes del mundo debido a la inmunización.

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