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Tetanus is a severe, frequently fatal disease caused by an exotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani, a bacterium that is found in the environment. Tetanus is not transmitted from person to person. Rather, Clostridium tetani enters the body through an open wound, including lacerations, abrasions and puncture wounds. The toxin causes neuromuscular dysfunction, with rigidity and spasms of skeletal muscles. The muscle spasms usually start in the jaw (which is why the disease is sometimes called "lockjaw") and neck and may spread to many other muscles, leading to generalized paralysis.
Tips for staying safe in water during summer

Tips for staying safe in water during summer

Research aims to keep astronauts healthy in space

Research aims to keep astronauts healthy in space

Developing effective needleless vaccine to protect children from dangerous viruses

Developing effective needleless vaccine to protect children from dangerous viruses

Study: Despite substantial progress, many African countries have wide discrepancies in vaccine coverage

Study: Despite substantial progress, many African countries have wide discrepancies in vaccine coverage

Several low-and middle-income countries need more effective child vaccination strategies

Several low-and middle-income countries need more effective child vaccination strategies

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

Patients suffer when health care behemoths quarrel over contracts

Patients suffer when health care behemoths quarrel over contracts

Study finds critically low HPV vaccination rates among younger adolescents in the U.S.

Study finds critically low HPV vaccination rates among younger adolescents in the U.S.

VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

Progress in meningitis lags far behind other vaccine-preventable diseases, analysis shows

Progress in meningitis lags far behind other vaccine-preventable diseases, analysis shows

Maternal Tdap immunization during third trimester linked with higher levels of pertussis antibodies in newborns

Maternal Tdap immunization during third trimester linked with higher levels of pertussis antibodies in newborns

Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized

Kids with mild or moderate adverse events following immunization can be safely reimmunized

Researchers report challenges in reducing tetanus mortality

Researchers report challenges in reducing tetanus mortality

New method of cervical cancer screening eliminates Pap test

New method of cervical cancer screening eliminates Pap test

HPV and other adolescent vaccines do not negatively impact fertility in young women

HPV and other adolescent vaccines do not negatively impact fertility in young women

Prenatal Tdap vaccination not linked with increased risk of autism in children, study shows

Prenatal Tdap vaccination not linked with increased risk of autism in children, study shows

Vaccine schedule is a must-have on child’s back-to-school checklist

Vaccine schedule is a must-have on child’s back-to-school checklist

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Outrage over China vaccines scandal

Outrage over China vaccines scandal

Simple tips to treat minor cuts

Simple tips to treat minor cuts