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How Is It That Anthrax Can Survive Harsh Conditions For Years Or More
Endospores: The bacillus anthracis can form dormant endospores, that are able to survive in harsh conditions for literally centuries. But, when the spores are inhaled, ingested, or come into contact with a host, they often reactive, and then rapidly multiply. However, the host does have to have a lowered threshold for the organism to produce the toxin that is so deadly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What country & is: There an outbreak? Which form of anthrax? You can review this by country, year and anthrax type through cdc. For instance, btwn 1979 &1985 there were > 10, 000 case of anthrax (primarily cutaneous) in zimbabwe. To date there are 11 known cases of pulmonary anthrax in the us. The stats differ greatly depending on location, type and particular year. ...Read more
1 germ/3-4 forms: There is one anthrax germ that produces human illness based on how it enters the body. Inhaled spores can produce pulmonary anthrax (terrorist act), eating raw meat or dairy from infected animals can produce mouth & throat or gastrointestinal anthrax.Spores that are scratched into the skin surface can produce a skin sore.See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! it is know for its potential to be used in terrorism (2001) as dried spores sent thru the mail infected some people with pulmonary anthrax. You can get skin anthrax from contact with spores ( from soil) & you can get GI anthrax by eating raw meat or dairy from contaminated animals. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different forms of: Anthrax infection. Mortality rate for skin acquired untreated anthrax is 10 to 20 % but very low w antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for gastrointestinal anthrax is about 50 % w antibiotic therapy. If meningitis occurs w anthrax infection it is usually fatal. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Infectious disease caused by bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Called woolsorter's disease because those at highest risk work around hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle, goats. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. Can be treated with certain antibiotics. Can be fatal if not treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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