Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax)---------------Trevor Wangsness
Bacillus anthracis is a bacterium which causes anthrax. It is spread by inhaling, eating, or coming in contact with skin. It causes major hemorrhaging. There are 2-5 thousand cases worldwide and about 5 cases a year. There have been a couple people contracting it after taking heroin. It commonly effects livestock. Symptoms can include an itchy sore, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and nausea. It can be cured by early treatment with antibiotics. Today, it is most common in agricultural areas all around the world.
Anthrax Disease Basic Information 2002 USEPA
In 2001, letters filled with bacterial spores were sent to Senate Democratic leaders. It killed 5 people, and sickened 17. It was investigated and found that Dr. Bruce E. Ivins mailed all the letters individually. He killed himself in 2008.