What is tetanus?
Tetanus is a disease caused by a bacteria called Clostridium tetani. Clostridium tetani are found in the environment such as soil, on thorns, wood splinters and nails and produce a neurotoxin that is extremely dangerous to humans. Tetanus can manifest with painful spasms of the jaw, tongue, back and abdominal muscles. Up to one in five people who contract tetanus die.