Anthrax

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Woolsorter’s disease
  • Malignant Pustule
  • Siberian Plague
  • Black Baine
  • Ragpicker Disease
  • Malignant Edema

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Cutaneous Anthrax
  • Gastrointestinal Anthrax
  • Inhalational Anthrax

General Discussion

Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It is usually a disease of wild and domestic animals, including cattle, sheep, and goats. However, human infection, while rare, does occur. Human infection usually results from contact with infected animals or their products. However, anthrax has become of interest because of the possibility that a nation or terrorist group might attempt to use it as a weapon of warfare or terrorism. There are three types of anthrax: cutaneous (through the skin), gastrointestinal, and inhalational.
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Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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TDD: (800)877-8339
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World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
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Washington, DC 20037
Tel: (202)974-3000
Fax: (202)974-3663
Email: postmaster@paho.org
Internet: http://www.who.ch/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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