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Is it necessary to have tetanus if someone got scratched by a rusty metal door ?

Hi my 8yr old daughter got scratched by a rusty metal door. Its not deep but it does hurt and now she has diarrhea . Should I be concerned that she may have tetanus
Sat, 7 May 2011
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If you have given her the 5 years' booster dose of DPT in some form or the other, you should not worry about tetanus. In any case, rusting items don't cause tetanus. It is an infection caused by a germ known as C. tetani. You can check this out on www.emedicine.com, or on MD Consult.
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