Gram Positive Bacilli
All of the following statements are true about Clostridium tetani except: (AIPG 2010)
|A||Bacilli are drum stick and non capsulated|
|B||Gram positive, obligate anaerobe|
|C||Clinical manifestations due to endotoxin|
|D||Spores destroyed by autoclaving at 121C for 20 minutes|
a. Clinical manifestation of tetanus is due to the exotoxin, tetanospasmin. Endotoxin is produced by gram negative bacteria.
b. Cl.tetani is gram positive, obligate anaerobe, non-capsulated, has a drum stick appearance and is motile by peritrichous flagella.