Researching Anthrax, you find that is an acute infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis (below left) and is highly lethal in its most virulent form. Anthrax most commonly occurs in wild and domestic herbivores, but it can also occur in humans when they
- touch infected animals (most common)
- eat meat from infected animals
- inhale high concentrations of anthrax spores
There are no cases of people who got sick through contact with a diseased person. The word anthrax is derived from the Greek word anthrakis, which means ” coal “, and is used because victims develop black skin lesions (below right).