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Anthrax 

Anthrax
Chapter:
Anthrax
Author(s):

Arthur E. Brown

and Thira Sirisanthana

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070620_update_003

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Description of ‘injection anthrax’, with discussion of the ongoing outbreak of this condition in Europe.

Updated on 27 Feb 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 September 2017

Anthrax is primarily a disease of herbivorous mammals, caused by the Gram-positive rod Bacillus anthracis, which causes human infection when its spores enter the body, most commonly from handling infected animals or animal products. The disease occurs in most countries of the world, but not in those where the condition is controlled in livestock by vaccination programmes. Anthrax is a leading agent of biological warfare....

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