Tetanus is an infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani, found mainly in dust and dirt. Deep wounds give the bacteria the chance to enter the bloodstream and produce the tetanospasmin toxin, which can interfere with nerve signals sent from the spinal cord to the muscles and lead to symptoms such as muscle spasms and fever.
Tetanus can prevent the muscles from receiving signals from the spinal cord, causing painful muscle spasms and stiffness. As the condition evolves, the spasms can become more intense and, in some cases, life-threatening. It is vital to seek immediate medical attention if experiencing severe muscle spasms.
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