Tetanus bacteria live in soil, dust, and manure. They can enter the body through any skin puncture — rose bush pricks, weeder injuries, battles with chicken wire cages that stop rabbits from eating your greens.
Tetanus is a nasty central nervous system infection that can cause convulsions severe enough to break bones; almost one-third of people who get tetanus die from the infection.
Tetanus boosters last for 10 years. So make sure you’re up-to-date with your shots before mucking around in your garden.
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