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Tetanus | Disease burden

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The majority of tetanus cases are birth-associated and occur in developing countries among newborn babies or in mothers following unclean deliveries and poor postnatal hygiene. Tetanus in children and adults following injuries may also constitute a considerable public health problem.

 Protocol for assessing neonatal tetanus mortality in the community using a combination of cluster and lot quality assurance sampling [pdf 132kb]