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How common is neonatal tetanus?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See below

In industrialized nations it is fairly rare.
You have to be born in a contaminated environment, usually outdoors, to get the disease.

In brief: See below

In industrialized nations it is fairly rare.
You have to be born in a contaminated environment, usually outdoors, to get the disease.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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