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A 22-year-old male asked:

S it possible for tetanus to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade ? i can't move my neck , not sure if it's my gym or tetanus ?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Prevent tetanus : It's unlikely u have tetanus a month after a contaminated injury. Most cases occur about a week or 10 days from the injury. Certain wounds are more likely than others to lead to tetanus-what's necessary is for the organisms to grow and produce toxin. Deep wounds, crush injuries, dirt contamination etc are risks. Would make sure your vaccines are up to date- tetanus is an awful disease. Hope u c MD
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Last updated Sep 30, 2014


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