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ANTHRAX - By Justin Tursellino ANTHRAX Anthrax is a Anthrax...

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ANTHRAX By: Justin Tursellino
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Anthrax is a…. Anthrax is an infection caused by a bacterium, Bacillus anthracis . The infection can take three forms depending on the affected part of the body: cutaneous (on the skin), inhalational, and gastrointestinal. Natural anthrax is a rare disease in the United States. For the 45 years from 1955 through 1999, there were 236 reported cases of anthrax, and 224 of them were cutaneous. The last case of inhalational anthrax (other than those in 2001) was in 1976. Anthrax is not transmitted from one human to another but is generally contracted from infected animals. Cutaneous anthrax can be contracted by handling the hides or wool of infected animals. The 1976 inhalational case was evidently caused by the exposure of a home craftsman in California to imported yarns. The cases in 2001 are believed to have been caused by someone deliberately exposing people by sending spores through the mail. Many countries have investigated and experimented with anthrax as a biological weapon. Anthrax makes a potentially effective weapon because it causes deadly infections and its spores are hardy enough to survive dissemination through various routes. These characteristics also make it a potential weapon for terrorists.
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