Who does anthrax affect?

Like what and any living creatures does it affect. Also how many continents/countries.

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3 replies since 27th January 2011 • Last reply 27th January 2011

Hi again. This has info on aetiology, pathology and occurance of Anthrax in cattle etc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthrax

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I worked as a research microbiologist, and I'm probably the only one on the site who has handled and cultured anthrax...
There is quite an interesting thing about anthrax that you may wan to include in your presenation:
Here in Scotland anthrax was tested out as a potential agent for biologigal warfare in the second world war. Around 1940 (you would have to check he dates) the island of Gruinard of the coast of northern Scotland was infected with anthrax. The island was quarantined, and was not accessible to he public for many years.
However, it is now deemed safe to land on ( although I wouldn't) and was declared free of anthrax in 1990.
If you look up Gruinard island, you will probably find a lot of relevant detail.

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That's so interesting Nora. Talk about first hand experience. I've come across a few pathogens while nursing but I don't think I would want to 'meet' Anthrax. I knew about the biological warfare bit but I didn't think it was so close to home.

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