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Tetanus is a serious illness caused by Clostridium bacteria. The bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust, and manure. The bacteria can enter the body through a deep cut, like those you might get from stepping on a nail, or through a burn.

The infection causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw. This makes it impossible to open your mouth or swallow. Tetanus is a medical emergency. You need to get treatment in a hospital.

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  1. Tetanus (National Library of Medicine)  
    Tetanus is a serious illness caused by Clostridium bacteria. The bacteria live in soil, saliva, dust, and ... it impossible to open your mouth or swallow. Tetanus is a medical emergency. You need to get ...
  2. Tetanus (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... Manage a Serious Allergic Reaction Quiz: Baseball Injuries Tetanus KidsHealth > Teens > Infections > Bacterial & Viral Infections > Tetanus Print ... it's rare in the United States. What Is Tetanus? Tetanus is caused by a type of bacteria ...
  3. Tetanus: Symptoms and Complications (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... of the muscles of the jaw, or "lockjaw". Tetanus symptoms include: Headache Jaw cramping Sudden, involuntary muscle ... sweating High blood pressure and fast heart rate Tetanus complications include: Uncontrolled/involuntary muscular contraction of the ...
  4. Tetanus: Causes and Transmission (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... environment, including soil, dust and manure. Common Ways Tetanus Gets Into Your Body The bacteria can get ... Crush injuries Injuries with dead tissue Rare Ways Tetanus Gets Into Your Body Tetanus has also been ...
  5. Tetanus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... High blood pressure and fast heart rate More Tetanus Vaccination Tetanus Vaccines: "What You Need to Know" ( ... School Mandates Tdap booster requirements for secondary schools. Tetanus for Kids Tetanus is a real lowlife, skulking ...
  6. Travelers' Health: Tetanus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Travel Chapter 3 - Taeniasis Chapter 3 - Tickborne Encephalitis Tetanus Ryan T. Novak INFECTIOUS AGENT Clostridium tetani , a ... nonintact skin, usually via injuries from contaminated objects. “Tetanus-prone” wounds include those contaminated with dirt, feces, ...
  7. Tetanus (Lockjaw) Photos (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Links Tetanus Vaccination Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Tetanus (Lockjaw) Photos Share Compartir WARNING: Some of these ... rigidity produced by Clostridium tetani exotoxin, called "neonatal tetanus" This patient presented with facial tetany. Note the ...
  8. Tetanus (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    About Tetanus Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious but preventable disease that affects the body's muscles and nerves. It ... muscles or even cause spine fractures. Without treatment, tetanus can be fatal. In the United States, most ...
  9. Tetanus (Lockjaw) (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)  
    ... Links Home Vaccine-Preventable Diseases & Infections Tetanus (Lockjaw) Tetanus (Lockjaw) Why vaccinate adults against tetanus? The bacteria that cause tetanus are ubiquitous in ...
  10. Do I Need a Tetanus Shot? (American College of Emergency Physicians)  
    ... En Español Injury Prevention Do I Need A Tetanus Shot? As spring weather rolls in, shoes and ... in the spring? They pose a threat for tetanus infection. You may already be aware that stepping ...
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