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  • Anthrax

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    The germ warfare agent anthrax is a bacterium that, if inhaled, can kill a person in a matter of days. It sounds like science fiction, like something a mad scientist developed in a lab in hopes of taking over the world. In reality is an ancient disease of live stock and humans known since Biblical times. It just never made so many headlines before.      Anthrax is an infectious disease known as Bacillus Anthracis. The bacterium can survive for centuries in a spore form

  • Anthrax

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    Anthrax Bacillus Anthraces, commonly known as Anthrax, is a bacterial infectious disease involving the skin, lungs, and gastrointestinal track in its host. Anthrax affects humans and animals, usually resulting in death. This bacteria is passed to humans through contact with infected animals or the products produced by infected animals. Anthrax originates in the soil as spores, which can live up to 48 years, and is transmitted to animals who graze or live on farmlands and on any infected areas

  • Anthrax

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    1. The anthrax bacillus is considered the first "germ" proved to cause human disease. In 2001, Anthrax was deliberately spread through the postal system by sending letters with powder containing anthrax. This caused 22 cases of anthrax infection. 2. Anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that forms spores. There are three types of anthrax: skin (cutaneous) lungs (inhalation) digestive (gastrointestinal) 3. Anthrax is not known to spread from one person

  • Anthrax

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    serious disease called anthrax. According to the CDC (2006), while anthrax is not known to spread between humans, humans are commonly infected by handling infected animals or animal products. The CDC goes on to explain that there are three types of anthrax: cutaneous – obtained through cuts and open sores, lungs – obtained through the inhalation of spores of the bacteria, e.g. in the wool of animals, and digestive – obtained through consuming infected meat. Unfortunately, anthrax can be isolated and

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    Could someone use anthrax for a larger attack on American cities? Unfortunately, yes-and they could also use any of a series of other germs, some more lethal than anthrax. But it’s not easy to get anthrax, and it’s not easy to deploy. The Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo tried to spread anthrax from its Tokyo office building in 1993 and failed dismally. Experts disagree on how dangerous it would be if someone sprinkled anthrax in, say, an office ventilation system or a subway car, but any larger attack

  • Anthrax

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    Anthrax is a very real and dangerous threat to all people who come in contact with it. The bacterial infection is caused by the bacteriaium Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax is divided into three categories all are contracted in different ways. The first type is called Cutaneous Anthrax; this is where anthrax spores make contact with the skin. If there is a cut or a lesion then a person can be infected. Cutaneous Anthrax is the most common way to get anthrax, but is also the least lethal. The second type

  • Anthrax

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    Anthrax is the preferred biological warfare agent because: It is highly lethal. 100 million lethal doses per gram of anthrax material (100,000 times deadlier than the deadliest chemical warfare agent). Silent, invisible killer. Inhalational anthrax is virtually always fatal. There are low barriers to production. Low cost of producing the anthrax material. Not high-technology. Knowledge is widely available. Easy to produce in large quantities. It is easy to weaponize. It is extremely stable

  • Anthrax

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    Anthrax Many Facilities in communities around the country have received anthrax threat letters. Most were empty envelopes. Some have contained powder substances. Anthrax has been linked back to the fifth and sixth plaques of Egypt around 1500 BC. In the early 1700s it first appeared in North America in Louisiana. In Kentucky at about 1824 cutaneous anthrax appeared among cowboys on cattle ranches. Germany, Russia, and Japan conducted extensive research toward the use of anthrax as a biological

  • Anthrax

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    ANTHRAX      One of the most important responsibilities a Secretary of Defense has is to make sure the United States’ military members are protected as much as possible from any type of harm. Since the cease-fire of the Gulf War, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have discovered that anthrax has become the number one biological threat to our troops. With finding this information, the Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen, has decided to ensure that each military member is protected

  • Anthrax

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    Anthrax Vaccine: Safe and Effective, or Not? Intro: The Anthrax vaccine is a mandatory shot for military; while some people are willing to take the shot to save their lives, others believe if they take it, it will ruin theirs. I. The Anthrax Disease      A. Anthrax is a bacterial infection caused by Bacillus Anthracis.           1. It primarily affects livestock, but can occasionally spread humans.    &