Tetanus strikes survivors of Asian tsunami


DOCTORS in Aceh, Indonesia, are struggling to save tsunami survivors who have developed tetanus. Médecins sans Frontières, which has teams working in Aceh, has reported more than 60 tetanus cases and says that more are expected. Few people in Aceh have been vaccinated against tetanus. The tetanus bacterium, which is found in soil, thrives in dirty wounds with a poor oxygen supply, such as the puncture wounds common among survivors. “They’ve had a number of deaths up there. It sounds a bit desperate,” says Darryl Maher, medical director of CSL Bioplasma in Melbourne,
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