The overview of Anthrax

The overview of Anthrax


Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracis (Bacillus anthracis). Bacillus anthracis spores are highly infectious and can cause inhalation, skin or gastrointestinal anthrax. Inhalation anthrax is caused by respiratory spores and is of great concern due to its high mortality. Communication between people is rare.


In many countries, anthrax infections occur naturally in wild and unvaccinated livestock. Workers may be infected if they come into contact with the meat or product of an infected animal or infected animal (such as wool or leather).


If Bacillus anthracis is used as a biological weapon, emergency response workers, including law enforcement, public health and health care workers, may also be exposed.