WANTED: TETANUS

by: Luke McDowell

Tetanus is an infection of the nervous system with the potentially deadly Clostridium tetani.

M.O

Infection begins when Tetani spores enter the body through a cut or wound. These spores release a poison called Tetanospasmin. This poison blocks nerve signals from the spinal cord to the muscles, causing severe muscle spasms. The spasms can be so powerful that they tear the muscles or fracture the spine.

Common Victims

The Tetanus spores can enter any open cut or wound if exposed. Anyone can contract it.

Culprit

Tetanus is often associated with rust. So people cut by rusty metal are at risk of contracting Tetanus because the spores can immediately enter the cut from the metal

Common injury

Blocks nerve signals from the spinal cord to the muscles, This causes severe muscle spasms. These spasms can be so powerful they can tear muscle and fracture the spinal cord. Tetanus often begins with mild spasms in the jaw muscles (lockjaw). The spasms can also affect the chest, neck, back, and abdominal muscles.

Armed and Dangerous?

There are different degrees of tetanus, some more severe than others but all and all tetanus is an extremely painful bacteria and can cause many injuries suck as broken bones and torn muscles.

Treatment

There is no cure but there is many treatments such as a tetanus shot and many muscle relaxants and sedatives that can calm the body down and slow the bacteria from growing.

Interesting Facts

1. Tetanus is also called lockjaw.
2. Tetanus shots should be given to patients in 10 year intervals.
3. Keeping a wound clean is very helpful to keep you from getting Tetanus.
4. Tetanus is not genetic.
5.Fatality rate is about 30%

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