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What is Anthrax?

What is Anthrax?

  • Anthrax: A serious infectious bacterial disease that can be fatal.
  • Anthrax: infectious bacterial zoonotic disease usually acquired by ingestion of Bacillus anthracis; marked by hemorrhage and serous effusions in the organs and cavities and symptoms of extreme prostration.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Anthrax: a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Anthrax is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Anthrax, or a subtype of Anthrax, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Anthrax: Introduction

Types of Anthrax:

Types of Anthrax:

Broader types of Anthrax:

How many people get Anthrax?

Incidence (annual) of Anthrax: 0 annual cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999)
Incidence Rate of Anthrax: approx 1 in 0 or 0.00% or 0 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Anthrax: In the United States, incidence of naturally acquired anthrax is extremely low. Gastrointestinal anthrax is rare but may occur as explosive outbreaks associated with ingestion of infected animals. Worldwide, the incidence is unknown, though B. anthracis is present in most of the world. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: DBMD)

Who gets Anthrax?

Geography Profile for Anthrax: Anthrax can be found globally. It is more common in developing countries or countries without veterinary public health programs. Certain regions of the world (South and Central America, Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East) report more anthrax in animals than others. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax General: DBMD)

How serious is Anthrax?

Complications of Anthrax: see complications of Anthrax

What causes Anthrax?

Causes of Anthrax: see causes of Anthrax
Cause of Anthrax: Bioterrorism, infected animals or contaminated animal products.
Risk factors for Anthrax: see risk factors for Anthrax

What are the symptoms of Anthrax?

Symptoms of Anthrax: see symptoms of Anthrax

Complications of Anthrax: see complications of Anthrax

Incubation period for Anthrax: Usually within 7 days of exposure.

Incubation period for Anthrax: Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but usually occur within 7 days after exposure. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

Can anyone else get Anthrax?

Contagion of Anthrax: Not contagious.
More information: see contagiousness of Anthrax
Inheritance: see inheritance of Anthrax

Anthrax: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Anthrax.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Anthrax.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Anthrax: see treatments for Anthrax
Alternative treatments for Anthrax: see alternative treatments for Anthrax
Prevention of Anthrax: see prevention of Anthrax
Research for Anthrax: see research for Anthrax

Society issues for Anthrax


Hospitalization statistics for Anthrax: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Anthrax:

  • 0% (3) of hospital consultant episodes were for anthrax in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for anthrax required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for anthrax were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for anthrax were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Anthrax:

Organs and body systems related to Anthrax include:

Name and Aliases of Anthrax

Main name of condition: Anthrax

Class of Condition for Anthrax: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Anthrax:

malignant pustule, Woolsorter's disease, Siberian plague, Ragpicker disease, malignant edema, Black Baine, Cutaneous anthrax (subtype), Gastrointestinal anthrax (subtype), Inhalation anthrax (subtype)

Bacillus anthracis, Woolsorters' disease Source - Diseases Database

Splenic fever
Source - WordNet 2.1

Cutaneous anthrax (subtype), Gastrointestinal anthrax (subtype), Inhalation anthrax (subtype)
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Anthrax: Related Conditions

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