Anthrax

By: Jax Claudin

What is Anthrax?

Anthrax is a rare but very serious illness caused by spore-forming bacterium.

History Of Anthrax

There is a well known history of Anthrax. Anthrax was discovered in 1875. Between 1955 and 1994, 224 cases of Anthrax have been reported in the United States.

What causes Anthrax and how is it transmitted?

Anthrax is caused by contact with dead/sick animals. Also, 54 heroin users in Europe, contracted Anthrax by injecting illegal drugs.

Anthrax Symptoms

The symptoms for Anthrax are: flu, sore throat, mild fever, burning and rotting of the flesh, and shortness of breath.

Anthrax is not contagious.

Anthrax my be extremely serious, but it is not person to person contagious.

Anthrax Tests

Many tests for Anthrax are available such as: Skin tests, blood tests, x-ray tests, stool tests, and spinal tap tests.

How do you prevent Anthrax?

You can prevent Anthrax by handling dead or sick animals with very special care because they very well could be infected.

How do you treat Anthrax?

There is a treatment for Anthrax. The treatment is a 60 day course of antibiotics. There is also a vaccine for Anthrax but only for the people that really need it.

How is Anthrax related to 9/11?

Just one week after the tragic September 11th attacks, letters containing Anthrax spores were mailed to several news media offices killing five people and infecting 17 others. The letters contained notes. Here is what the first note said:

09-11-01

THIS IS NEXT

TAKE PENICILLIN NOW

DEATH TO AMERICA

DEATH TO ISRAEL

ALLAH IS GREAT

The letters were made from a copy machine. The originals have yet to be found. The second note read:
09-11-01

YOU CAN NOT STOP US.

WE HAVE THIS ANTHRAX.

YOU DIE NOW.

ARE YOU AFRAID?

DEATH TO AMERICA.

DEATH TO ISRAEL.

ALLAH IS GREAT


Several 9/11 hijackers, lived in Boca Raton, Florida, near American Media Inc. workplace of the first victim of the anthrax attacks


after the anthrax attacks in the United States, another letter containing traces of a second strain of anthrax was mailed to a pediatrician in Santiago, Chile.

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Bibliography

"Anthrax." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 10 June 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.

"Anthrax." WHO. World Health Organisation. Web. 04 Dec. 201

"The Second Anthrax Note." Digital image. Wikipedia. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.

"Tom Brokaw Note." Digital image. Wikipedia. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.