Pathogens
Clostridium tetani

Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions

Susceptibilities

General Information

Anaerobic gram positive spore-forming bacilli.

Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals with deep wound.

Note there is no herd immunity as the organism is found in soil/earth and not transmitted person-to-person.

Tetanus:

  • generalized
  • localized
  • cephalic
  • neonatal

Deep wound with necrotic tissue highest risk.

Disease of Public Health Significance.