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Can you tell me how bacteria like anthrax can survive for years in hostile environments?

Can you tell me how bacteria like anthrax can survive for years in hostile environments?

Endospores: Bacillus Anthracis spores (endospores) are dormant & can be found on in the soil of all the continents. The spores are hardy & can survive in many environments for centuries. ...Read more

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Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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Could there be naturally occuring anthrax bacteria in our towns and cities?

Could there be naturally occuring anthrax bacteria in our towns and cities?

Anthrax: Animals can get anthrax by ingesting anthrax spores from the soil. Anthrax in animals occurs worldwide but can be controlled by vaccination of animals. In recent years, anthrax has been reported among animals in many countries, and is especially common in parts of africa, asia, and the middle east. It occurs much less frequently in the United States, because animal health and inspection programs. ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How is anthrax transmitted?

Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for anthrax?

Three main types: Anthrax has three main clinical types, in increasing order of severity, cutaneous (skin) gastro-intestinal and pulmonary. Check the site below for symptoms of each. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002301/. ...Read more

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What are the ways to diagnose anthrax?

Id in smear/culture: Lab testing can identify the germ in blood smears/spinal fluid/abdominal fluid or from blood cultures. Specimines are obtained before abx & placed on appropriate media for growth & identification. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Is anthrax always fatal?

No: It can be treated with penicillin and other antibiotics. The pulmonary form of anthrax is the form most likely to be fatal. ...Read more

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How contagious is anthrax?

Not easily passed: Anthrax is passed thru:contact of the spores on the skin producing a skin ulcer, inhalation of spores into the lung producing inhalation anthrax; ingestion of spore containing food producing throat/gi anthrax. It is not spread from on person to another.Anthrax is notorius as a bioterrorism agent (2001), anthrax is not going to go around like a flu. ...Read more

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Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Yes but use limited: There is a vaccine against anthrax that is limited in its use to parts of the military and a few additional civilians. There is little general risk outside of bioterrorism and availability of antibiotics for those potentially exposed limit its use on any broad scale. ...Read more

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