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    What is Anthrax?

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  • Updated Clinical Recommendations for Anthrax

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world. Although it is rare, people can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.

About Anthrax

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Types of anthrax, symptoms, diagnosis…

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Prevention and treatment methods for anthrax…

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Anthrax as a weapon and how to prepare...

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What puts people at risk of getting anthrax…

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Information about lab testing, roles and research…

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Publications & additional information…

What's New

Cover screen of anthrax and antibiotics animation video Anthrax and Antibiotics: Anthrax is Deadly. Antibiotics Could Save Your Life.
Posting date: Jun 5, 2014
Anthrax could be used as a weapon of bioterrorism. Even though an anthrax attack is unlikely, you should know what to do just in case.

Dr. William BowerJust-in-Case Training: Updated Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Anthrax 
Posting date: May 27, 2014
In this video commentary, Dr. William A. Bower outlines key points from CDC’s updated prevention and treatment recommendations for anthrax in adults.

Chest x-ray imageAnthrax in Pregnancy: Protecting Mother and Baby 
Posting date
: May 27, 2014
In this text commentary, Dr. Dana M. Meaney-Delman comments on the special considerations for preventing and treating anthrax in pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women.

Bacteria growing in petri dishAnthrax in Children: Prevention and Treatment
Posting date
: May 27, 2014
In this text commentary, experts from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics explain new recommendations for the clinical management of anthrax in children.

CDC Investigating Unintentional DoD Shipment of Anthrax

Updated: May 29, 2015
CDC is investigating the unintentional transfer of anthrax from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to labs in multiple states and overseas. At this time we do not suspect any risk to the general public.


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