anthrax bacillus


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Related to anthrax bacillus: Anthrax toxin, plague bacillus
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a species of bacillus that causes anthrax in humans and in animals (cattle and swine and sheep and rabbits and mice and guinea pigs)

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Anthrax bacillus is not new to Africa, the bacteria is regularly diagnosed in cattle, goats and herds of free ranging wildlife.
Anthrax bacillus need not be isolated in suspected cases, but there must be clinically compatible illness and at least one supported nonculture lab test or an epidemiologic link to a confirmed environmental exposure such as a letter, he said.
Frightening scenarios regarding mass fatalities from a small amount of anthrax assumes that the Iraqis have successfully cultivated the rare strain lethal to human beings (an anthrax bacillus is usually fatal to animals but rarely to humans) and have developed the highly sophisticated means of distributing them by missile or aircraft.
A Defense Agency panel is set to propose that hospitals and public bodies conduct drills to prepare for potential terrorist attacks using biological weapons, especially anthrax bacillus, or the smallpox virus, panel members said Friday.
The test operates by detection of antibodies to a key component of the anthrax bacillus, which forms part of the toxin responsible for its deadly effects.
The only currently licensed anthrax vaccine in the United States requires the administration of six doses and is a partially purified product derived from filtrates of anthrax bacillus cultures.