Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions
Standard Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Anaerobic gram positive spore-forming bacilli.

Epidemiology

Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals with deep wound.

Note there is no herd immunity as the organism is found in soil/earth and not transmitted person-to-person.

Associated syndromes

Tetanus:

  • generalized

  • localized

  • cephalic

  • neonatal

Additional Information

Deep wound with necrotic tissue is highest risk. May require aggressive debridement.