Clostridium tetani


Routine Practices

General Information

Anaerobic gram positive spore-forming bacilli.

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.


  • generalized

  • localized

  • cephalic

  • neonatal

Deep wound with necrotic tissue highest risk.

Disease of Public Health Significance