Tetanus is an acute, sometimes fatal, disease of the central nervous system, caused by the toxin of the tetanus bacterium, which usually enters the body through an open wound. The tetanus bacterium live in soil and manure, but also can be found in the human intestine and other places. Tetanus occurs more often in warmer climates or during the warmer months. Tetanus is very uncommon in the US due to widespread immunization. Fewer than 60 cases every year occur in the US.

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Tetanus Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms of tetanus may include: Stiffness of your jaw, neck and other muscles Irritability Spasms of your jaw, neck and other muscles Fever As the toxin spreads to nerves supplying muscles,...
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Causes
... The bacteria that cause tetanus, Clostridium tetani, are found in soil, dust and animal feces. When they enter a deep flesh wound, spores of the bacteria may produce a powerful toxin, tetanospasmin, w...
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Tetanus Prevention

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Prevention
... You can easily prevent tetanus simply by being immunized against the toxin. Almost all cases of tetanus occur in people who''ve never been immunized or who haven''t had a tetanus booster shot within t...
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Tetanus Treatment

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Treatment
... Treatment may include use of a tetanus antitoxin, such as tetanus immune globulin (TIG). However, the antitoxin can neutralize only toxin that hasn''t yet combined with nerve tissue. Your doctor may a...
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Tetanus Other

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Overview
... Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that leads to stiffness of your jaw muscles and other muscles. It can cause severe muscle spasms, make breathing difficult and, ultimately, threaten your life. A...
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