Tetanus bacterium, Clostridium tetaniYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Clostridium tetani is a common soil bacterium and the causative agent of tetanus. When growing in soil, C. tetani are rod-shaped and up to 2.5 micrometers long. However, when forming spores C. tetani becomes substantially enlarged at one end, resembling tennis rackets or drumsticks. C. tetani spores are extremely hardy and can be found globally in soil or in the gastrointestinal tract of animals. If inoculated into a wound, C. tetani can grow and produce a potent toxin, tetanospasmin, which interferes with motor neurons, causing tetanus. The toxin’s action can be prevented with tetanus toxoid vaccines, which are often administered to children worldwide.