When you think about tetanus, you probably thing about avoiding stepping on rusty nails. But a Florida woman is in intensive care fighting the rare disease.
Carla Morris got infected by a splinter from a palm frond while gardening a few weeks ago.
Doctors say only a few Americans a year get tetanus and it's not always rusty metal that's the culprit.
"It can be any type of injury that breaks the skin and allows bacteria from the soil to get into the wound," said critical care physician Dr. Kenneth Kalssian.
Doctors recommend a tetanus shot every one to five years, or a booster after any puncture wound injury.
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