Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis)

By: Caleb Bendull

Anthrax Info.

Anthrax (Bacillus Anthracis), commonly affects hoved animals (for example goats, sheep, and cattle) but can also affect humans. Humans can get anthrax by having a cut or an open wound come in contact with anthrax spores. Anthrax can also be inhaled if the spores are airborne. Anthrax can also affect the intesinal systom if meat with anthrax spores is consumed.

Anthrax can Kill

Anthrax Info. (continued)

Anthrax spores (once in the body) germinate in 2-4 days and begin spreading toxic substances which can cause internal bleeding, swelling, and tissue death. Anthrax can be treated with antibiotics. Penecilin, doxycyline, and ciproflaxin are all very affective antibiotics to treat anthrax. Anthrax can be very lethal. Anthrax has been used as a bioterrisom weapon. In 2001, anthrax was sent through the mail and killed 22 people and left 7 people with confimed casses of anthrax.