A Brief History of Tetanus


Tetanus was first recognized by Arthur Nicoliar in 1884. It was considered a threatening and unique disease in the mid-1800s when there were about 205 cases of tetanus per 100,000 people. The source of this infection (rusty metal) was quickly recognized and precautions were then taken to ensure this number of infectants does not increase.
 
In the early 1900's there was an average of only 16 cases of tetanus per 100,000 people. This was a significant decrease since the disease was first formally recognized.
 
Today, the disease is almost completely diminished in first world countries. In 1998, only 35 people were diagnosed with tetanus in the entire country of The United States. With the aid of booster shots, awareness, and safety precautions tetanus is no longer a large threat as it was 150 years ago.
 
In the future if we continue on the same path of human advancement, we will one day completely terminate the disease off of the face of our planet.
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