Life, Physical, And Mental Characteristics About Tetanus

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The purpose for me doing this report is to solely teach everyone about thegood things and bad things ( Mostly bad things ) about the tetanus pathogen andto benefit my own education. Anther reason I'm doing this report is that I thinkit will be enjoying as I did it in my free time.Tetanus is an interesting bacteria with many things about you would notbelieve. One type of it is smaller than a fifth the diameter of a single strand ofhair yet it could kill any man only by producing 0.00025 grams of toxin. Itwould take 20 times that of the deadliest cobra venom to do that and 150 timesthat of strychnine in order to kill a man. There are also many other facts likethis and opinions inside the body of this report that you should find out. If youwish to find them out, turn the page!! Although the Clostridium Tetani is one of the world's most dangerouspathogens (Bacteria). Clostridium Tetani are not parasites like AIDS or Polio,in fact is a saprophyte. That means they are mainly decomposers and cannotreproduce, grow or live to a degree that they could if they were in waste ordead matter. These saprophytes are mainly found in places such as soil plushuman and animal feces, but their spores can be found everywhere such as onsteel, sewage, manure, on your hands, on your feet, on your nose, and everyother possible place you can think of.C. Tetani has the most potent exotoxin of all the known micro-organismsin the world. It's toxin, as will be mentioned below, is very deadly in smalldoses and mainly focuses it's destructive capabilities on destroying nerves thatcommand motor skills, the heart, the lungs, and much more. This type ofTetanus irritates the nerves so much it can fray them or even make signals of it'sown like giving the guy spasms or increased or decreased heart rate. Sometimeseven throwing the poor guy into involuntary dances or exhaustion. The use ofantitoxin in the treatment and prevention of Tetanus is an example of passiveimmunity from the pathogen and was a first cast of this. This immunity wasdiscovered by von Behring and Fränkel in 1890.Tetanus organisms gain entrance to the body through dirt or dirty objectswhen they forced into non-dead tissue by gun-shot, shrapnel, deep, extensive,and dirt-contaminated wounds, or many other accidental ways. Under mostcircumstances some tissue is killed in the local area in which the wound wasreceived. As Tetanus pathogens are anaerobic and are...

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