MICROBE OF THE MONTH: Bacillus anthracis

May 2003 
Volume 33  Number 5
Pages 78 - 78
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© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(5)             May 2003             p 78 Bacillus anthracis [MICROBE OF THE MONTH]


Barbara Sheff is a microbiology consultant in Boston, Mass.

This department offers key clinical points about a particular microbe. Because of space constraints, it's not comprehensive.

Type of microbe: aerobic, Gram-positive, spore-forming bacilli. Inactive spores become active and cause disease when they find a host.

Diseases caused: Bacillus anthracis can cause cutaneous, gastrointestinal (GI), or inhalation anthrax, depending on the mode of transmission. In nature, the spores survive in soil and infect herbivorous livestock and wildlife, so cutaneous and GI anthrax infection has historically been a risk for people with agricultural occupations. Rarely occurring in nature, inhalation anthrax ...

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