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What is tetanus?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani. The bacteria are found most commonly in soil, dust and manure and can enter the body through breaks in the skin (usually through cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects).

Sources & Citations

  1. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Tetanus – causes and transmission. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018.)
  2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Tetanus. Available at: (accessed 15 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0137a - Date of preparation May 2018