Clostridium tetani

Precautions

Standard Precautions

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.

Tetanus:

  • Generalized

  • Localized

  • Cephalic

  • Neonatal

Deep wound with necrotic tissue highest risk.