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Anthrax

New Agent Against Anthrax

by Technical University of Munich
Although the pathogen responsible for anthrax can be treated with antibiotics, the toxin that it releases in the body is particularly dangerous

CDC Director Releases After-Action Report on Recent Anthrax Incident; Highlights Steps to Improve Laboratory Quality and Safety

by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on July 11 that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors and prevent future incidents. Based on a review of all aspects of the June incident, CDC concluded that while it is not impossible that staff members were exposed to viable B. anthracis, it is extremely unlikely that this occurred. None of the staff who was potentially exposed has become ill with anthrax.

Researchers Find Anthrax Can Grow and Reproduce in Soil

by Other Author
Anthrax has the unexpected ability to grow and reproduce while lurking in soil – increasing the deadly bacteria’s chances to infect cattle and other mammals, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have discovered.