Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

Anaerobic Gram positive spore-forming bacillus

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

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.