Tetanus (from ancient Greek "tetanos"
or "taut" and "teinein" or "to stretch", is a
disease that causes sustained skeletal muscle
fiber contraction, including lockjaw (an
uncontrollable tightening of the jaw muscles).
Tetanus is caused by a neurological toxin
(tetanospasmin) that is produced by bacteria,
which infect people (and other animals) through
cuts and other wounds to the skin. The bacteria
infects the wound and produces this toxin, which
causes the muscle contractions. You can be
immunized against tetanus, or take medication
after being exposed to treat it.
Click Here to return to the search form.