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Transcript of Tetanus (Lockjaw)
The Discoverer of Tetanus
In the late 1800's, Arthur Nicolaier was able to isolate the virus and demonstrate how to obtain strands of it for use in lab testing.
Prevention of the Menace
The DPT vaccine (a.k.a Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis shot) was assembled using the work of Bacteriologist's: Emil Adolf von Behring, Shibasaburo Kitasato, and Paul Ehrlich. After 1945 the shot was given to all children before they entered into the school systems.
Signs and Symptoms
symptoms can manifest in less than 7 to 10 days after receiving the virus, usually including: Fever, Muscle spasms and tightening (starting in the jaw and neck but working its way to all over the body), Sweating, and Elevated blood pressure.
Please note that in some cases death can also occur .
Treatment For the Afflicted
Antibiotics such as Penicillin and Metronidazole can be used to fight off the disease. If the symptoms are severe a controlled coma may be used to put the patient under to avoid anymore pain.
How Tech Has Helped
The use of more modernized medical equipment has been able to nearly eliminate all cases of Tetanus in the U.S., and improved testing has been e to identify it easily in most patients.