versión impresa ISSN 0121-0793
ARANGO SOTO, Daniel; BETANCUR FRANCO, Linda Andrea; AGUIRRE MUNOZ, Carlos y QUEVEDO VELEZ, Augusto. Tetanus: still a public health problem!. Iatreia [online]. 2008, vol.21, n.2, pp. 186-198. ISSN 0121-0793.
Tetanus is an immune-preventable disease which still causes ravages in nations without protective vaccination coverage. Its lethality rate is almost 50%. It is necessary that health personnel are familiarized with its prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Tetanus is an acute illness of worldwide distribution, sporadic occurrence and low frequency in industrialized countries. Due to its high lethality rate it still is a public health problem, especially in regions with deficient preventive programs. This review presents up to date knowledge on different aspects of this important disease, with emphasis on its diagnosis and treatment.
Palabras llave : Antitetanic vaccination; Clostridium tetani; Tetanogenous wounds; Tetanus; Tetanus antitoxin.