- Posted March 4, 2014 by
Tetanus Research~Biology 2014
Tetanus is an infection commonly caused by a toxic bacteria called "Clostridium tetani" which is found mainly in soil. Tetanus, often called lockjaw, can cause many complications in the human body: heart failure, pneumonia, spasms, brain damage, troubles breathing and many more. Normally the first symptoms to appear are a headache and muscle stiffness in the jaw. Tetanus can be prevented by a vaccination. This vaccination should be given to an individual every 10 years in order to continue to be protected. According to the CDC, tetanus isn't like any other vaccine-preventable disease in that it can't be passed from person to person. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says that almost every individual reported with tetanus must spend several weeks in intensive care. If already infected with a mild case, an individual can take antibodies and rest in an evironment that has dim lighting, reduced noise, and stable temperatures. Surgery is also an option to clean the wound and remove the source of the poison.