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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.
Chest infections cause 1 in 7 child deaths

Chest infections cause 1 in 7 child deaths

Universal influenza vaccine developed at Cornell is set for human clinical trials

Universal influenza vaccine developed at Cornell is set for human clinical trials

CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough

CDC advises vaccination for pregnant women against flu and whooping cough

Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Number of fully-immunized Australian kids hits record high

Number of fully-immunized Australian kids hits record high

Scientists identify malaria's Achilles' heel

Scientists identify malaria's Achilles' heel

Researchers discover new neurotoxin that selectively targets mosquitoes

Researchers discover new neurotoxin that selectively targets mosquitoes

Novel insight could improve vaccines that protect pregnant women and newborns

Novel insight could improve vaccines that protect pregnant women and newborns

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children

‘Stomach flu’ vaccine prevents type 1 diabetes in children

Genetic variations linked with persistence of immunity after routine childhood vaccination

Genetic variations linked with persistence of immunity after routine childhood vaccination

Children up to date on pertussis vaccine schedule have low risk of developing whooping cough

Children up to date on pertussis vaccine schedule have low risk of developing whooping cough

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.