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Anthrax (Diseases and Disorders) by Barbara Saffer

By Barbara Saffer

Discusses the illness and its prevention in animals and the way to answer anthrax bioweapons.

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34 Anthrax where they continue to proliferate and produce toxins. The incubation period for intestinal anthrax ranges from one to seven days, but is usually two to five days. Oropharyngeal Anthrax Early symptoms of oropharyngeal anthrax may include high fever; ulcers on the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and esophagus; and inflammation of nearby lymph nodes. Swelling of the mouth and esophagus may cause trouble swallowing and difficulty breathing. If breathing problems become severe, the victim may die of suffocation.

28 Access to Anthrax Cultures (stocks) of deadly organisms such as anthrax are relatively easy to obtain. The American Type Culture Collection in Maryland, for instance, supplies samples of microorganisms to laboratories for medical research, vaccine production, and other lawful purposes. Moreover, there are about fifteen hundred other germ banks in the world that provide similar services. On occasion, however, germ banks have inadvertently sent microorganisms to rogue nations and terrorist groups.

Vaccines and antibiotics are rarely used to control anthrax in wild animals. For these creatures, medicines must be administered 40 Anthrax by darting (shooting medicine-laden darts), which is difficult and expensive. However, wildlife workers in the African nation of Tanzania reportedly used antibiotics to stop an anthrax outbreak among antelopes, saving fifty animals. If an animal dies of anthrax, medical experts recommend that the creature’s carcass be deeply buried or burned without delay. Terry Conger, a veterinarian and Texas’s state epidemiologist for animal disease, favors burning.

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