7 doctors weighed in:

What causes tetanus?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Germs produce toxin

Tetanus is produced by germs that exist as spores (eggs) in the dirt worldwide.
The contamination of any open wound by these spores allows them to germinate and multiply. They produce a toxic chemicle that circulates locally or throughout the body to produce the symptoms of tetanus.If vaccinated, your body is protected from this chemical.

In brief: Germs produce toxin

Tetanus is produced by germs that exist as spores (eggs) in the dirt worldwide.
The contamination of any open wound by these spores allows them to germinate and multiply. They produce a toxic chemicle that circulates locally or throughout the body to produce the symptoms of tetanus.If vaccinated, your body is protected from this chemical.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
2 doctors agree

In brief: A bacterium

Tetanus is caused by a bacterium called clostridium tetani.
The bacterium enters the body through a break in the skin, and delivers toxins in the blood. Toxins block nerves at several levels, causing rigidity, muscle contractions and seizures.

In brief: A bacterium

Tetanus is caused by a bacterium called clostridium tetani.
The bacterium enters the body through a break in the skin, and delivers toxins in the blood. Toxins block nerves at several levels, causing rigidity, muscle contractions and seizures.
Dr. Lotfi Hacein-Bey
Dr. Lotfi Hacein-Bey
Thank
Read more answers from doctors