Bacillus Anthracis

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  • Bacillus Anthracis

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    Bacillus Anthracis Background: Bacillus anthracis is a gram-positive spore-forming rod. It was the first bacterium to be used to prove that bacteria caused diseases, when Robert Koch (1877) produced anthrax spores and injected them into animals. Bacillus anthracis is a commonly found in soil of grazing areas. Bacillus anthracis is not a major threat to humans and natural cases are rare even where spores are present. Encounter: Bacillus anthracis is commonly found in soil in low amounts

  • BAcillus Anthracis: Anthrax

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    Bacillus Anthracis is a bacterium in the genus Bacillus that causes anthrax, which primarily affects livestock but occasionally spreads to humans through skin, lungs, or intestine. It is a rod shaped bacterium that grows in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The bacterium is sometimes used as a biological weapon. Other names include Bacteridium Anthracis and Bacillus cereus var. Anthracis. The spores created by the bacteria can survive for years while dormant and infest animal products such as hides

  • Anthrax (Bacillus Anthracis)

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    Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium. The most common victims of anthrax are warm-blooded animals, but it can also infect humans. Anthrax spores can be produced in a powdery form for biological warfare. When inhaled by humans, these particles cause respiratory failure and death within a week. Because anthrax is considered to be a potential agent for use in biological warfare, the Department of Defense (DOD), in 1998, announced it would

  • Symtomps and Causes of Bacillus Anthracis

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    Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) is a bacterium that infects organisms through sporulation. Bacillus anthracis can be aerobic (needs oxygen) or, facultative anaerobic (does not require oxygen). It is also a gram positive bacterium that can be found in the soil of humid and damp climates (Hicks, 2012). The bacterium is part of the species Bacillus Cereus (Koehler, 2009). It is known to infect life forms four different ways. Infection can be caused through digestion, eating food that is contaminated with

  • Cellular Activities of Bacillus Anthracis

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    Bacillus anthracis is a gram positive rod bacteria which can cause a serious, and more often than not, lethal disease known simply as anthrax. Anthrax received a substantial amount of attention in 2001, when it was feared the bacteria would be used as a form of biological warfare. The situation was resolved, but not before 5 people were declared dead and another 17 injured in the space of several weeks. This led to an increase in the study of Bacillus anthracis, and although multiple discoveries

  • Bacillus Anthracis and Biological Warfare

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    Bacillus Anthracis and Biological Warfare Bacillus anthracis is a rod-shaped, nonmotile, aerobic, gram-positive bacterium that can be transmitted from herbivoric animals to humans (Figure 1). Before an animal’s death, its orifices exude blood containing huge quantities of the bacterium. Anthrax forms extremely resilient spores upon exposure to atmospheric conditions. Because of this spore-producing ability, even after the animal host dies the germs can sporulate again, persisting in the soil

  • Symptoms and Modes of Infection of Bacillus Anthracis

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    Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) is a bacterium that infects organisms through sporulation. Bacillus anthracis is can be aerobic (needs oxygen) or, facultative anaerobic (does not require oxygen). It is also a gram positive bacterium that can be found in the soil of humid and damp climates (Hicks, 2012). The bacterium is part of the species Bacillus Cereus (Koehler, 2009). It is known to infect life forms four different ways. Infection can be caused through digestion, eating food that is contaminated

  • Anthrax and Bioterrorism

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    an anthrax attack. Anthrax is the disease caused by the Bacillus anthracis bacteria. Ever since early history, anthrax has occurred in livestock animals and in humans. 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

  • Anthrax Essay

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    Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by bacteria called Bacillus anthracis (buh-SIL-us an-THRAY-sus). The Bacillus anthracis can exist in two different forms: favorable form, when the bacteria are rod-shaped and can grow and divide, or the unfavorable form, when they form a very resistant dormant spore that helps them survive extreme environmental conditions. Like other bacteria, Bacillus anthracis is very small, only about 1 by 9 micrometers in size. It is Gram-positive, which makes the bacteria

  • Anthrax Prevention

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    with humans and animals, coupled with reasonable assumptions of analogy, showed that AVA as licensed is an effective vaccine for the protection of humans against anthrax, including inhalational anthrax caused by any type of engineered strain of B. anthracis” (Joellenbeck). This comes as good news considering the ever-increasing fear of bioterrorism prevalent in the world.

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