Anthrax Blake Cushnie

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is the more common name for bacillus anthracis, which is a bacillus shaped gram positive bacteria often found in chains.

How does it attack?

Anthrax attacks through inhalation of the spores and or through skin contact with them. Gets deep into the lungs and lymph nodes and they begin multiplying which creates toxins and fluid buildup.

How does it get around?

Keep an eye out for anthrax which gets transmitted through touch of an infected patient and through the air. Or if you are living in 2001, watch your mail because it is also passed through the system with the 2001 anthrax scare.

Most common victims?

Farm animals, all types of cattle, and humans are the most common victims. Also those who recieve mail. But anyone who is capable of inhaling the spores can become infected.

Where is anthrax most commonly found?

Most common in South America, Southeastern Asia, and Southern Europe. But can be found almost anywhere on land.

Is it lethal or dangerous?

The bacteria from Antrhax itself can be killed and you can easily heal from it but the toxins that the bacteria gives off can easily kill.

Most common injury to those infected?

Antrax is known to cause skin, lung, and bowel disease. Large symptoms include large dark scabs that appear on the body if the spores come into contact with the skin. Causes severe chest and lung pain when inhaled. Causes nausea. Some other things that can lead to injury are the release of toxins that the spores give off.

Lethality rating: 3

Given a 3 rating because anthrax can now be easily treated but if left alone can be very deadly.

Since the 2001 scare very few people have been killed by anthrax. In order to fight against anthrax there are antibiotics and antitoxins used to fight the spores. Treatment includes being isolated with the anti toxins and protecting the scanned and or damaged skin.

Identifying characteristics?

Some identifying characteristics of anthrax are a bright yellow powder that may immediately irritate the skin. The scabs that anthrax gives off are also very identifiable.


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