Clostridium Tetani

Clostridium Tetani

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Credit: Cavallini James / BSIP/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Clostridium tetani is the bacterium responsible for tetanus. Contamination, however minor, in a wound leads to the production of a biological toxin, tetanospasmin, which fixes itself to the nervous system causing spasms and paralysis. Optical microscope x 2000.

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Keywords: bacillus, bacteriology, bacterium, clostridiaceae, clostridiales, clostridium, clostridium tetani, firmicutes, gram-positive, microbiology, microorganism, microscope, optical microscope, result, scientific imagery, tetanus

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