Diphtheria: Kano Doctor Highlights Key Symptoms Identified In Patients

Diphtheria: Kano Doctor Highlights Key Symptoms Identified In Patients

The Kano State Case Manager for the diphtheria outbreak, Dr Salma Suwaid, said patients with diphtheria are presenting with renal failure, slow heart rate, low blood platelet count and neurological complications.

Dr Suwaid said the state recorded 35 cases of Sinus Bradycardia. 15 patients presented with thrombocytopenia and active bleeding, 25 cases with acute kidney Injury, and 11 cases with neurological complications.

Sinus bradycardia is a heart rhythm that’s slower than expected (fewer than 60 beats per minute in an adult) but is otherwise normal.  It’s sometimes a symptom of certain heart conditions or problems, but it can also be a sign that a person is in very good shape because of regular exercise.

Thrombocytopenia is a condition in which you have a low blood platelet count.

Suwaid disclosed this on Monday at a webinar organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention with the theme ‘Diptheria outbreak in Nigeria: Vaccination Response.’

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose, throat, and sometimes, skin of an individual.

Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people, droplets from coughing or sneezing, and contact with contaminated clothing and objects.

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