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Unformatted text preview: antitoxin Ab (if the affected animal/human survives). EPIDEMIOLOGY: • Bacillus species are worldwide soil saprophytes. The spores can survive 60 or more years under harsh environmental conditions. • Most human anthrax infections occur in persons whose occupation brings them in contact with infected animals or their products. For example, woolsorters and hidehandlers are the most frequently affected. • There are approximately 2000-5000 cases of human anthrax worldwide per year and 95% of these are of the cutaneous form. • B. cereus outbreaks occur sporadically. There have been outbreaks associated with Chinese restaurants due to the way in which their fried rice was prepared....
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- Fall '10
- Microbiology, Bacillus cereus, cereus food poisoning, B. cereus outbreaks, level phagocytic activity