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How is it that anthrax can survive harsh conditions for years or more?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine
In brief: Spores
The anthrax bacteria is encased in protective little cases that can lay dormant in soil for many years before causing infections.

In brief: Spores
The anthrax bacteria is encased in protective little cases that can lay dormant in soil for many years before causing infections.
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