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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.
More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

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Harmless form of the herpes virus may help create a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

Lingering outbreak of pertussis in four Chicago-area counties

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program

Australian expansion of school-based Meningococcal C Vaccination program

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

Vaccination Week in the Americas in full swing

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Hand surgeons warn of gardening dangers

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization

PAHO's revolving fund for immunization

WHO says more pregnant women getting antenatal care

WHO says more pregnant women getting antenatal care

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