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Neonatal Tetanus
Neonatal Tetanus
Neonatal Tetanus

Neonatal tetanus most commonly affects infants born to nonimmune mothers. Exotoxin produced by Clostridium tetani gains entry to the circulation when the infant's umbilical cord is cut or the umbilical stump is cleaned in a nonsterile fashion. Generalized rigidity and spasm affect the child in the first 2 weeks of life and may be fatal.

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