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What Do You Know About…Tetanus?

Posted on March 13, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse


I came across a video from the Indoor Air Quality Association and thought I would share it with you in case you, like me, get questions from your children about Tetanus, Lockjaw and whether that painful shot is really worth it.

Tetanus is a bacterium and the structure that causes infection is called an endospore. Tetanus bacteria cannot survive exposure to oxygen, but if it enters your body, typically via a wound, it can cause muscle spasms and stiffness which start in the face and neck (lockjaw) and spread to the rest of the body.

Most people think that it takes a rusty nail to give you tetanus, but a rusty nail only provides an ideal carrier for the disease and can commonly be found where dogs, horses, cows, sheep and other animals live.  You can get tetanus via any wound.  A puncture wound is a very low-oxygen injury, however, and does make it easier for the bacterium to reproduce.

I don’t want to spoil all the information in the video, but I will tell my children when they get home from school that, yes, that shot is worth it!

AirTek offers air duct cleaning services which eliminate all varieties of bacteria from your indoor air environment and, clearly, some bacteria are very dangerous!  To be sure that your ventilation system is disease free, have it cleaned on a regular schedule!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group.  We welcome your comments!  For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental  on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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