Tetanus is a very serious, potentially fatal disease that typically occurs in people who have not been vaccinated.
In this short Q&A, I talk to Associate Professor of Infectious Disease and International Medicine at USF Health, Sandra Gompf, MD about this topic, something she addresses in her handy guide, Gompf’s ID pearls.
I ask her about the symptoms, treatment and prevention of the disease. In addition, we touch on the topic of neonatal tetanus.
Finally, the question of how symptoms of rabies and tetanus are similar is explored.
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