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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.
Anti-SARS-CoV-2 hyperimmune globulin produced from convalescent plasma pool has 3-fold antibody neutralizing activity

Anti-SARS-CoV-2 hyperimmune globulin produced from convalescent plasma pool has 3-fold antibody neutralizing activity

COVID-19 during pregnancy can cause placental inflammation and impaired immunity

COVID-19 during pregnancy can cause placental inflammation and impaired immunity

Children's DTP vaccine may provide cross-immunity for COVID-19

Children's DTP vaccine may provide cross-immunity for COVID-19

Study shows limited influence of BMI on shaping SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses

Study shows limited influence of BMI on shaping SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

Corralling the facts on herd immunity

New trial tests combination antibody treatment for preventing COVID-19 illness

New trial tests combination antibody treatment for preventing COVID-19 illness

COVID exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures

COVID exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures

Seasonal influenza and COVID-19 risk

Seasonal influenza and COVID-19 risk

Equine antibody preparation shows greater capacity to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 isolate than human convalescent plasma

Equine antibody preparation shows greater capacity to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 isolate than human convalescent plasma

Researchers develop vaccine for human herpesvirus 6B

Researchers develop vaccine for human herpesvirus 6B

America’s obesity epidemic threatens effectiveness of any COVID vaccine

America’s obesity epidemic threatens effectiveness of any COVID vaccine

Benefits of routine childhood immunizations far outweigh the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

Benefits of routine childhood immunizations far outweigh the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission

Neuronal subtypes that drive locomotion in fruit fly reveal an unexpected diversity

Neuronal subtypes that drive locomotion in fruit fly reveal an unexpected diversity

Scientists find way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading

Scientists find way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading

Researchers decipher deadly bacterial infection in pigs

Researchers decipher deadly bacterial infection in pigs

Study highlights the importance of child vaccine against infections

Study highlights the importance of child vaccine against infections

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19

Experts highlight triumph over polio and hope to do the same for COVID-19

COVID-19 progression linked to B cell activation

COVID-19 progression linked to B cell activation

New Australian pilot program to monitor the effects of flu vaccines

New Australian pilot program to monitor the effects of flu vaccines

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment

Tapping pre-existing immunity to enhance therapeutic cancer treatment