We have been studying tetanus/lockjaw in my health class. There are two main kinds of tetanus disease. The general kind is the most common. It starts either when you are injured from a cut or puncture wound and the bacteria gets in. Or, a drug user might get infected from using dirty needles.
The first symptoms are a locked jaw, muscle stiffness, fever and sweating. This can last for at least four weeks. We saw some pictures in class and I felt so sorry for the patients.
This next type is really sad - neonatal tetanus.
The babies' mothers are not immunized. They live in developing countries. When the babies are born, the umbilical cord might be cut with a dirty object. They have no immunity from their mothers so they can't fight the disease. Most of these babies die, but go through the symptoms of tetanus - such a tragedy.