Diphtheria is caused by diphtheria toxin-producing Corynebacterium species. While classical respiratory diphtheria is transmitted by droplets, cutaneous diphtheria often results from minor trauma. This report concerns the first case of sexually transmitted diphtheria in a patient with non-gonococcal urethritis after orogenital contact.
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Funding This work was partly supported by the German Federal Ministry of Health via the Robert Koch Institute and its National Reference Laboratories Network (grant number FKZ 1369-359).
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.