At least 25 female medical students from Kalaburagi district in Karnataka have contracted diphtheria and have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
The affected students are all students of the Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS) and all lived in the same hostel. The first student was diagnosed on August 30 and it is suspected that she was exposed to a patient in the outpatient department (OPD) who had diphtheria.
Diphtheria is an extremely contagious disease which is caused by the organism Corynebacterium diphtheriae. An infected individual usually develops severe throat pain and the airways can also be affected. Diphtheria spreads via the air in the form of droplets. If not treated correctly and controlled, the infection can spread and affect several other organs.
Medical students are more prone to these hospital acquired infections as their safety protocol is rarely taken care of.
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