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ANTHRAX
BACILLUS ANTHRACIS
A LOOK UP CLOSE
• Bacteria
• Rod Shaped
• Gram Positive
• 9 micrometers long
SYMPTOMS
CUTANEOUS ANTHRAX
INHALATION ANTHRAX
•Small blisters and/or
•Fever and chills
•Confusion or dizziness
•Extreme tiredness
blisters
•Painless black skin
ulcers surrounded by
swelling
GASTROINTESTINAL ANTHRAX
•Nausea and bloody
vomiting
•Bloody diarrhea
•Fainting
•Swelling of abdomen
LIFE CYCLE
• Anthrax stays dormant in soil or on grass until eaten by
large herbivores
• Once the animal dies anthrax can be spread through direct
contact of the animal, eating the animal, or in some cases
the anthrax goes airborne and can infect through the
respiratory system
• About 100-200 people die each year
TREATMENTS
• Antibiotics successfully cure about 99% for cutaneous anthrax, 55% for
inhalation anthrax, and 60% for gastrointestinal anthrax
INTERESTING FACTS
• Anthrax has been used as a biological weapon in 2001
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