Published in Vaccine Weekly, October 7th, 1996
Modern-day Americans protected by childhood vaccination no longer remember the awful scourge known as eighth-day disease - so called because without treatment 85 percent of infected infants die in five to 10 days.
But the disease remains a major cause of infant mortality for the world's poorer nations. Infected at birth by Clostridium tetani spores colonizing the umbilical stump, babies develop the characteristic symptom of trismus or lockjaw and are unable to nurse.
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