The Dakar score should be evaluated at the 48th hour of illness. The score is used to define the severity of tetanus:
- Score of 0 to 2: Tetanus frustrates.
- Score equal to 3: Tetanus of moderate severity.
- Score of 4 to 6: Severe tetanus.
Mortality is variable according to the score, but also according to the place of care and the patient's terrain.