, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 673–675 | Cite as

A case of pharyngeal diphtheria in Germany, June 2015

  • A. Berger
  • D. M. Meinel
  • A. Schaffer
  • R. Ziegler
  • J. Pitteroff
  • R. Konrad
  • Andreas SingEmail author
Case Report



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.


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.


No secondary cases were found and the patient completely recovered.


Diphtheria Toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae Pseudomembranes MLST 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Berger
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. M. Meinel
    • 2
  • A. Schaffer
    • 3
  • R. Ziegler
    • 4
  • J. Pitteroff
    • 5
  • R. Konrad
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andreas Sing
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.National Consiliary Laboratory for DiphtheriaOberschleißheimGermany
  2. 2.Bavarian Health and Food Safety AuthorityOberschleißheimGermany
  3. 3.Public Health Authority, City of NurembergNurembergGermany
  4. 4.Institute for Clinical Hygiene, Microbiology and Infectiology, Klinikum NürnbergNurembergGermany
  5. 5.Otorhinolaryngology Clinic, Klinikum NürnbergNurembergGermany

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