posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The bacteria that cause tetanus, Clostridium tetani, are found in soil, dust and animal feces. But animal bites, frostbite, gangrene, crush injuries, burns and non-sterile injections can also cause the bacteria to manifest. Once bacteria shows itself, it produces a toxin called tetanopsasmin that can cause spasms and stiffness to your extremities. Ever heard of "lockjaw"? It's just as painful as it sounds, and tetanus can be the cause of this painful condition - being unable to move your jaw.