Anthrax

by: Jacob Smith, Period 4

Anthrax at its finest

And this is just the beginning.....

Introduction

In this paper you will be notified about anthrax, but you shouldn't have to worry about it if you live in a rich country, and if you can get treated immediately.

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is not a very common disease but has four routes; The first route is the cutaneous route, that is when you get an itchy bug bite with a black center; The second route is the gastrointestinal route, that is when you vomit, have a sore throat, and have bloody

diarrhea; The third route is the inhalation route, that is when you have a mild fever, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms; The fourth route is the injection route, that is when you go into shock, have organ failures, and meningitis. If you get anthrax, it will enter your lungs and damage tissues and blood vessels.

Can it be transmitted?

Anthrax is a very rare, but dangerous disease. If you work on a farm, are a butcher, or of you work with meat from a poor country, you could be in danger of getting infected with anthrax. Anthrax infects animals because anthrax is living in the soil, and when animals eat the grass they get it.

Can it be cured?

This can be cured, but you have to consult your doctor immediately so you can start antibiotics. The doctor will put you on antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin or doxycycline, for 60 days

Are we safe?

The answer is yes and no at the same time. We are not because cases of anthrax have been found in all the continents and can live in the soil without a host for centuries. But we are safe because anthrax is very rare, hard to transmit, and has many cures.
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Bioterrorism

If a Bioterrorism attack was going to happen, anthrax would be the most likely disease to be used. How it would be used is the terrorists would use a Biological agent (a germ that can sicken livestock, people, and crops) called Bacillus Anthracis. The bio-terrorists would get it easily because with the right stuff, you can make it in a lab. In 2001 bio-terrorists put powdered anthrax in the mail and letters and 22 people got anthrax, and five died. Today we are now prepared if anything like that was to happen, so you don't have to worry.

Conclusion

In conclusion you shouldn't have to worry about anthrax unless you are in a very poor area. Anthrax is not very dangerous anymore anyway because we have lots of cures, doctors know how to treat it, and we know how it is transmitted

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