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||acellular, neurotoxin, neutralize, Nonsterile, pertussis, post-exposure, prophylaxis, tetani, tetanospasmin, globulin, lymph, fatal, physician, diabetics, diphtheria, pinprick
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Where have you heard the term tetanus before? You probably heard it in the doctor's office when your physician was talking about shots. Did you ever wonder what tetanus was?
2 Tetanus is a serious disease. It affects the nervous system. It is rare, and it is not contagious. Most importantly, it is preventable.
3 What causes tetanus? The bacterium Clostridium tetani does. It is a bacterium that can live without oxygen. It is found all over the world. Most likely, someone would come across it in soil, dust, and manure. It enters the body through a skin wound. That wound can be small, for example, from a pinprick or a scratch. However, in the United States, most of the time it enters the body through a deep cut such as the kind one experiences if he or she steps on a nail. Nonsterile needles for drug use and body piercing are also a problem. Burns, frostbite, or any injury involving dead skin are especially likely to cause tetanus.
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