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What is tetanus?

Tetanus is a bacterial infection that enters through skin wounds. A person infected with tetanus can experience severe muscle spasms. Tetanus is also known by the name 'lockjaw' due to the characteristic jaw muscle spasm that it induces.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Whooping cough (pertussis)

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