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Can you get lockjaw from being exposed to, or drinking sewage water?

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Dr. Larry Stewart
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Exposed - yes

Lock jaw is a result of a tetanus infection, classically seen when the skin integrity is broken by a cut or puncture, imbedding the tetanus bacteria into the wound.
I have never heard of a case of lockjaw from drinking contaminated water, but you could get other serious bacterial infections!

In brief: Exposed - yes

Lock jaw is a result of a tetanus infection, classically seen when the skin integrity is broken by a cut or puncture, imbedding the tetanus bacteria into the wound.
I have never heard of a case of lockjaw from drinking contaminated water, but you could get other serious bacterial infections!
Dr. Larry Stewart
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In brief: Doubtful.

Tetanus from bacteria growing in the bowel is rare after the age of 1 year. Other diseases (too numerous to count) are more likely.
Tetanus is possible with a puncture wound, though.

In brief: Doubtful.

Tetanus from bacteria growing in the bowel is rare after the age of 1 year. Other diseases (too numerous to count) are more likely.
Tetanus is possible with a puncture wound, though.
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