Corynebacterium diphtheriae and Diphtheria Exposed in New Online Video

The IAQ Video Network produces another educational video about microbial pathogens, toxins and health hazards.
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June 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses Corynebacterium diphtheriae and diphtheria.

Corynebacterium diphtheriae is a pathogenic bacterium that causes diphtheria.  It is a Gram-positive nonmotile, club-shaped bacillus.  Corynebacterium diphtheriae produces an extremely potent exotoxin known as diphtheria toxin which alters protein function in an infected individual.  The toxin can be distributed by the circulatory system to other organs and may cause paralysis and congestive heart failure.

There are two types of the disease.  With respiratory diphtheria infected individuals may have a sore throat with low-grade fever and an adherent pseudomembrane of the tonsils, pharynx, or nose. Neck swelling is usually present in severe disease. Cutaneous diphtheria causes infected skin lesions which lack a characteristic appearance.  

“Diphtheria is found worldwide and humans are the only known reservoir of the bacterium,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the new public outreach video.  “Person-to-person transmission occurs through oral or respiratory droplets, close physical contact, and on occasion by fomites.   Infections are rare in properly immunized people, although people who have been immunized may still be carriers of the bacteria.  We hope this video helps to educate people about this pathogenic type of bacteria.”

To view this video please visit:

This educational video was sponsored by a number of organizations and leading industry professionals that help protect the public’s health.  Sponsors include: EMSL Analytical, LA Testing, UltraViolet Devices, EC2, Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, Clark Seif Clark, IAQ Index, Legends Environmental Insurance Services, Advanced Building Assessment and the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) to name a few.

To learn more, or to inquire about IAQ Video Network sponsorship opportunities, please visit or, email or call (602)510-3179.

About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries.  The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry.  They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.
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