Anthrac Essay

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Anthrac

Anthrax is a very real and dangerous threat to all people who come in contact with it. The
bacterial infection is caused by the bacteriaium Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax is divided
into three categories all are contracted in different ways. The first type is called
Cutaneous Anthrax; this is where anthrax spores make contact with the skin. If there is a
cut or a lesion then a person can be infected. Cutaneous Anthrax is the most common way to
get anthrax, but is also the least lethal. The second type of anthrax is called Pulmonary
Anthrax this is where a person inhales the spores of anthrax directly into the lungs. If
this type of anthrax is left untreated it could lead to death. The third type of anthrax
is called Gastrointestinal Anthrax, this form results from eating meat from animals that
have been infected with the anthrax bacteria. This causes the intestinal tract to become
infected and this from is almost always fatal. This particular mode of anthrax has never
been seen in the United States.

Humans are not the only ones who can be infected with Anthrax; livestock can also be
infected with the bacteria. Animals such as cattle, sheep, or goats infected with anthrax
will display the following symptoms; weakness, staggering fever, and difficulty breathing.
These animals will also experience blood stained or tarry discharge from the nose or anus
that continues to ooze even after the animal dies.

When humans become infected with anthrax there are a multitude of symptoms that they
experience. First they will develop a fever, accompanied with general discomfort,
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