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PIA Press Release
2010/01/06

Veteran Aklanon broadcaster warns against tetanus caused by firecrackers

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (6 January) -- A veteran and multi-awarded broadcaster here warned Aklanons against tetanus caused by firecracker injuries.

Although he caught tetanus without lighting any firecracker, Augusto C. Tolentino, currently IBC-DYRG -Kalibo's Station Manager, warned Aklanons to wash their firecracker injuries well with soap and water and seek treatment in hospitals immediately to avoid tetanus infection.

Tolentino said he suffered tetanus infection years ago by stepping on a rusted nail, and said the infection almost cost his life. He said he suffered stomach hardness, spasms and lockjaw.

"Firecrackers are dangerous because its components include animal dung," Tolentino said. "If people have foot injuries, they should also avoid stepping on animal dung because they might catch tetanus," he added.

Tetanus, according to DOH-National Epidemiology Center (NEC) director Eric Tayag, can lead to death.

According to the DOH, tetanus is an acute bacterial disease caused by Clostridium tetani. Although a deep wound is needed to support the growth of the bacteria, a minor would is usually the point of entry in children and adults. The incubation period of tetanus could be as short as one day to usually 3 to 21 days.

Tayag said injuries sustained from fireworks should be washed immediately with soap and water and referred to medical personnel for proper wound care and tetanus immunization.

Symptoms of tetanus include severe headache, irritable behavior, weakness and lockjaw. (PIA) [top]

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