Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Anaerobic Gram positive spore-forming bacillus

Epidemiology

Preventable by immunization. Clinical tetanus does not confer immunity; an immunization series should be completed in all cases of tetanus.

Associated syndromes

Clostridium tetani is a cause of tetanus, a toxin-mediated disease. The diagnosis is usually clinical and based on typical features of persistent tonic muscle spasms and trismus.