An acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, primarily affecting cattle and sheep but also humans, especially those handling infected animals or their products.
Late 18th century: from greek anthrakis "coal" (because of the black skin lesions caused by the disease).
- Anthrax is a serious disease that affects both humans and animals.
- The anthrax outbreak among cattle was brought under control with antibiotics.
- The spores of anthrax can survive in soil for many years.
- Anthrax can be contracted through contact with infected animals or by inhaling spores.
- Anthrax is a potential biological weapon.
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