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What is tetanus?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani. The bacteria are found most commonly in soil, dust and manure and can enter the body through breaks in the skin (usually through cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects).

Sources & Citations

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tetanus – causes and transmission. Available at: (Accessed 19 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0137(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020