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Tetanus (Clostridium tetani)
1996 Case Definition

Clinical Description

Acute onset of hypertonia and/or painful muscular contractions (usually of the muscles of the jaw and neck) and generalized muscle spasms without other apparent medical cause

Case Classification


A clinically compatible case, as reported by a health-care professional


The 1990 case definition appearing on this page was re-published in the 1996 CSTE position statement 1996-18 ( Thus, the 1996 and 1990 versions of the case definition are identical.