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How common is tetanus in the united states?

How common is tetanus in the united states?

Very rare: About 30-50 cases of tetanus are reported to the cdc annually in the us, and unlike in the past, only about 15-25% die. This low # is attributed to the high vaccination rate. As a starting point, for more information, see: http://www.Cdc.Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5203a1.Htm. ...Read more

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Is tetanus common in the us?

No: The pattern of immunization has reduced the frequency of tetanus in the US to 40 or less cases per year. These cluster with the unimmunized or incompletely immunized populations. ...Read more

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Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Could be: Migrant workers have poor access to healthcare and may not have been immunized against tetanus. They also may work in unsafe conditions with greater chances of injury. Thus, they are more likely be infected than those who have been immunized. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of tetanus disease?

What are common symptoms of tetanus disease?

"Lockjaw" starts 1st: spasms of face & neck, with drooling, difficulty swallowing/breathing. Spasms progress to entire body, with arched back & neck. They last a few minutes, but are relentlessly repetitive for 3-4 weeks (if patient lives that long) & strong enough to break bones or suffocate the patient Systemic signs include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nervous system dysfunction & death. ...Read more

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How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung ( practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & theres a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

You mean trismus: Trismus is a common condition caused by hyper activity of the jaw muscles. This causes them to be dire and stiff thus limiting opening. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

Bacterial diseases: The most important thing for you to know that these are both bacterial diseases that have been conquered by immunization -- so long as we can get the immunization to people, overcoming superstition and slick disinformation campaigns.The bacteria are still very much with us. Both diseases are agonizing and often lethal. ...Read more