A 47-year-old member asked:
Is tetanus genetic?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Susceptability to tetanus is more or less universal. The spores(egg) of the germ begins to grow in a wound and produce a toxin that circulates in the blood. Where the toxin goes it begins to interfere with the nervous system.
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Pediatric Critical Care 31 years experience
No: It is a disease caused by a bacteria in an nonvaccinated individual, by a dirty wound.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017
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