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Anthrax is a serious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax occurs naturally in cows and other herd animals. It can be transmitted to humans who come in contact with infected animals or animal products. Anthrax is considered an effective bioterrorism agent because the bacterial spore (dormant form) is highly stable and storable, and because of the disease's relatively high lethality. Various strains of anthrax exhibit different levels of lethality.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-04-08 16:13:37
Description Anthrax is a serious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax occurs naturally in cows and other herd animals. It can be transmitted to humans who come in contact with infected animals or animal products. Anthrax is considered an effective bioterrorism agent because the bacterial spore (dormant form) is highly stable and storable, and because of the disease's relatively high lethality. Various strains of anthrax exhibit different levels of lethality.
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Source Federation of American Scientists
Keyword Anthrax, Diseases, Biological weapons, Biological terrorism, Biological warfare
Date Of Record Creation 2009-04-08 16:09:25
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Date Last Modified 2009-04-08 16:35:50
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-04-08 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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