Clostridium tetani


Bacteria: Clostridium tetani. Cluster of bacteria, cause of tetanus (lockjaw). Gram- positive, spore-forming rod- shaped anaerobic bacilli. Spores live in soil and manure. If spores or the bacteria enter the body through a wound, they produce a nerve toxin which affects the activity of muscles. Stiffness of the jaw, back and facial muscles may occur with painful spasms. DPT vaccination in childhood produces immunity.

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