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Tetanus 

Tetanus
Chapter:
Tetanus
Author(s):

C.L. Thwaites

and Lam Minh Yen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070622_update_001

Update:

Epidemiology—decline in tetanus incidence rates, particularly neonatal tetanus.

Treatment—additional detail.

Prognosis—additional detail.

Updated on 31 May 2012. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 22 October 2017

Clostridium tetani is a Gram-positive, spore-forming anaerobic bacterium that is ubiquitous, being found throughout the world in human and animal faeces, soil, and street dust. In children and adults, superficial skin wounds are the common entry sites, although in 20% no portal of entry can be found....

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