Tetanus 2003

Tetanus is an acute, often fatal disease caused by an exotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani. It is characterized by generalized rigidity and convulsive spasms of skeletal muscles. The muscle stiffness usually involves the jaw (lockjaw) and neck and then becomes generalized. Transmission is primarily by contaminated wounds, which can either be apparent or inapparent.

One case of tetanus occurred in Indiana in 2003. Only three cases of tetanus have been reported in Indiana since 1999. Almost all cases of tetanus reported nationally occur in persons who have either never been vaccinated or have not had a booster in the 10 years preceding the illness.

You can learn more about tetanus by visiting the following Web site:
http://www.in.gov/isdh/25424.htm