By: Emma Sorg
Robert Koch found that the disease was caused by a bacteria Called Bacillus antracis ( Buh-SIL-us an-THRAY-sus) which forms spores in the soil. Then when the animals would go out to graze they would become infected, and eventually would infect the farmers that worked with them.
1.Cutaneous (Cut or scrape)
This is the most common way to be infected. If someone with a cut or scrape comes into contact with an animal carrying the spores on their fur/hide they can become infected. The people who most at risk for this are Farmers, vets, and Wool processors.
This happens when anthrax spores enter the lungs. Airborne spores most commonly infect people who work as tannery workers or wool processors.
3. Tainted meat
The last way to be infected is to eat meat tainted with anthrax.
- Large boil or sore forms (may blister)
- Sore usually gets covered in a black scab
- Infection can spread to your lymph nodes and blood stream.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Shock (can occur later)
- Spores germinate inside lungs for 1-6 days
- Spores release toxic substances which cause: Internal bleeding, swelling, and tissue death.
- Abdominal pain
- diarrhea (Bloody)
- Mouth sores
- Vomiting (Bloody)
- Intestinal bleeding
When The Anthrax was sent to labs they described it as "energetic" unlike the wet Anthrax they had worked with this Anthrax was dry and crushed into a very fine powder that would often float even in the bag it was kept in, and would often drift toward you if you were near it.
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