Tetanus, or lockjaw, is an infection of the nervous system that originates from exposure to bacteria C. The spores of this bacteria are found in the soil, and can enter the body through an infection or wound. These spores release bacteria into the body, creating a poison called tetanospasmin. This can lead to muscle spasms so severe that the spinal cord is fractured.
Symptoms for tetanus include drooling, fever, spasms of the hand or foot and irritability. Tetanus is preventable with tetanus shots, received approximately every 10 years. It is also treatable with antibiotics (penicillin, clindamycin, and others), bedrest, muscle relaxers, surgery or medicine used to reverse the tetanospasmin
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