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How is diphtheria diagnosed?

After swabbing the throat of an infected individual, the doctor sends the sample to the laboratory where it is cultured. If a person is suffering from the type of diphtheria that affects the skin, the doctor can obtain tissue from an infected lesion for testing.

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