The Tetanus: A Brief Sketch
Tetanus is a very deadly disease that affects the central nervous system causing muscular contractions. It is caused by bacteria called clostridium tetani that enters the body. The bacteria that cause tetanus are widespread in the environment and mostly present in the soil, ash, human/animal faeces, dead and decaying matter. Infection usually occur when the bacteria enter the body through a wound or a cut that is exposed to soil, human and animal faeces, dead or decaying matter. The bacterium produces a toxin (poison) that attracts the central nervous system; as the infection progresses, muscle spasms develop in the jaw called “lockjaw”. The spasms also develop elsewhere in the body.