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Treatment can in fact be effective, but how can you treat the unknown? This article has opened my eyes to a lot of things and it is scary. My brother is scheduled to receive the anthrax vaccination for sometime soon, because he is in the Air Force. I fear for his health. If nothing else I hope that people make themselves more aware about anthrax and it¡¦s vaccination.
Eating uncooked meat from infected animals can also spread anthrax. Anthrax can also be spread by biological warfare. Any country that has biological warfare capability can use anthrax on its warheads to spread anthrax (FAQs1). Since the threat of anthrax has been discovered, the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended that all members of the military receive mandatory vaccinations against this disease. However, the first set of immunizations will go to troops scheduled to go to the Middle East and Korea (Cohen 1).
Terrorists would choose to use biological agents because they are extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days. Some bioterrorism agents, like the smallpox virus, can be spread from person to person and some, like anthrax, cannot. (“What is Bioterrorism?”) Bioterrorism may appeal as a weapon to terrorists because biological agents can be fairly inexpensive, are easy to obtain, and they can be easily spread throughout the desired area. Even military leaders have learned that, as a military asset, bioterrorism has some importance. Though not entirely needed governments, including our own, have used bioterrorism for their own gain and to help aide them in war.
The bacteria prevent the macrophages from communicating with the rest of the body. Thus, the body cannot fend of anthrax and slowly organs begin to deteriorate. However, a series of antibiotics and vaccinations are available in case of an exposure to anthrax. Bacillus anthracis, or anthrax, has recently become a greatly feared pandemic. The breakout of anthrax on American soil in October of 2001 opened the world's eyes to the possibilities of bioterrorism of anthrax.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ANTHRAX The discovery of anthrax in mail sent to government offices and news organizations has Americans worried. The good news is that the disease is rare. It is extremely unlikely that children would be exposed to the disease. Junior Scholastic had these questions for U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher: Q: What is anthrax?
In recent years, more attention has been given to Anthrax when it was discovered that it could be passed by biological warfare. Bioterrorist threats, such as Anthrax has heightened our nations awareness that we are vulnerable and need a new public health infrastructure. Public Health Resources The most common public health resource to prevent anthrax is through vaccines. These vaccines are especially valuable for people who are at high risk for being infected, such as veterinarians. If the individual is already infected, Anthrax can be cured through antibiotics, if caught early.
Anthrax is diagnosed by isolating B. anthracis from the blood, skin lesions, or respiratory secretions or by measuring specific antibodies in the blood of suspected cases. (Dire, 2001) Demographics Anthrax is most common in the agricultural regions where it occurs in animals, such as South and Central America, Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. When anthrax affects humans, it is usually because of occupational exposure to infected animals or their products. Workers who are exposed to dead animals and animal products from other countries where anthrax is more common may become infected with B. anthracis. Anthrax in animals rarely occurs in the United States.
Security clearance with faulty resume. Retrieved Oct. 03, 2005, from Archive of anthrax articles from The Baltimore Sun Web site: http://www.anthraxinvestigation.com/balt-sun.html.