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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)  
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  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. Tetanus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
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  7. 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 ...
  8. Travelers' Health: Tetanus (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Compartir 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)  
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  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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