This is the latest entry in a series of quizzes provided by The American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (ACCTMTH), ASTMH's Clinical Group. The images used in the quiz are from the Images in Clinical Tropical Medicine series in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
A 28-year-old Lao Loum farmer whose disease began when aged 7–8 with a tooth problem, progressing to severe illness for several days, leading to delirium. He was treated with traditional medicine and fed soft foods. One of six children, three died in childhood. The village was very poor, but is improving with better road access. He has trismus, with 2–3 cm jaw movement. He stopped attending school after the onset of the disease because he was “too shy.” He can open his mouth 2–3 cm.
What is this disease? How is it prevented?
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