Statutory notification

Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Clostridium tetani
  • Transmission: No direct person-to-person transmission. Tetanus spores are usually introduced into the body via penetrating skin wounds contaminated by soil, animal or human faeces.
  • Incubation period: Usually 3 to 21 days, although it may range from 1 day to several months.
  • Infectious period: Not communicable person-to-person.
  • Case exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: Hospitalisation.
  • Immunisation: Recommended that children be vaccinated according to the Western Australian vaccination schedule. See Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th edition, Department of Health (external site).


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