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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 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... message, please visit this page: About CDC.gov . Tetanus Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called ... infants, children, teens and adults to prevent tetanus. Tetanus Topics About Tetanus Disease Causes and transmission, symptoms ...
  3. Tetanus (Nemours Foundation)  
    ... it's rare in the United States. What Is Tetanus? Tetanus is caused by a type of bacteria ... person has become infected. Continue Can I Prevent Tetanus? The best way to prevent tetanus is to ...
  4. Why get vaccinated?Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis can be very serious diseases.TETANUS (Lockjaw) causes painful muscle spasms and stiffness, usually all over ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Tetanus Surveillance (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... in incidence and identify populations at increased risk. Tetanus—United States, 1947-2008 Caption: The figure above ...
  8. 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, ...
  9. Tetanus (Lockjaw) Photos (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... to... Añadir en... Favorites Delicious Digg Google Bookmarks Tetanus (Lockjaw) Photos WARNING: Some of these photos might ... rigidity produced by Clostridium tetani exotoxin, called "neonatal tetanus" . PHIL Photo ID# 6374 This patient presented with ...
  10. 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 ...
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