FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Judith Govatos, Executive Director
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Wilmington, Delaware 19806
Bioterrorism: Be Well Informed, Not
With the heightened concern about
bioterrorism and Anthrax, it is important to be well informed, not misinformed.
The Delaware Academy of Medicine, the state’s largest and oldest health library
is committed to providing the public with clear, accurate health information.
is caused by the bacterium Bacillus
anthracis. It is a disease of sheep, cattle, horses, goats, and swine.
Human infection, though rare, is an occupational disease of farm workers,
veterinarians, and tannery and wool workers.
- Anthrax is naturally present in soil,
and small disease outbreaks occur regularly in North American wild animals
disease has a skin form (cutaneous
anthrax). In the cutaneous form, the infection is transmitted through
a break in the skin.
disease has a pulmonary form (inhalation
anthrax). In the pulmonary form, infection occurs by breathing in
disease has an ingestive form (gastrointestinal anthrax). In the gastrointestinal form, infection
is caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or liquids.
the three ways you can get Anthrax (skin, inhalation, ingestion),
breathing anthrax spores is the least
likely way to get sick from Anthrax.
is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.
Information at www.dnelamed.org
to our website for a list of credible health websites about anthrax and
sites have been selected and reviewed by medical librarians
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