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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please talk about lockjaw. I grew up on a farm, and it was something I heard about all the time. You were supposed to be careful when you were in a barn to spot any rusty nails you might step on. Is that so? I don't hear much about it anymore. Why? - L.S.
Clostridium tetani is a rod-shaped, anaerobic bacterium of the genus Clostridium. It's a gram-positive and resembles tennis rackets or drumsticks on a gram stain. It can be found as spores in soil and the gastrointestinal tract of animals. It produces a potent biological toxin which is the causative agent of tetanus. Ancient people recognized the relationship between wounds and fatal muscle spasms. Arthur Nicolaier isolated tetanus from soil bacteria. Antonie Carl and Giorgio Rattone...
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