Tetanus

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a bacterial infection characterized by muscle spasms. In the most common type, the spasms begin in the jaw and then progress to the... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Infectious disease
  • Symptoms:  Muscle spasms, fever, headache
  • Usual onset:  3–21 days following exposure
  • Duration:  Months
  • Causes:  Clostridium tetani
  • Risk factors:  Break in the skin
  • Diagnostic method:  Based on symptoms
  • Prevention:  Tetanus vaccine
  • Treatment:  Tetanus immune globulin, muscle relaxants, mechanical ventilation
  • Frequency:  209,000 (2015)
  • Deaths:  56,700 (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo