Anthrax: History, Biology, Global Distribution, Clinical Aspects, Immunology, and Molecular Biology

History, Global Distribution, and Non-Natural Incidents of Anthrax

Author(s): Robert E. Levin

Pp: 3-23 (21)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608058860114010003

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This chapter deals with the early history of anthrax, its industrial incidence and association with animal products such a wool and hair, and effective methods for destroying anthrax spores. The global distribution and prevalence of anthrax along with geographic areas considered endemic for anthrax are presented. Major non natural anthrax incidents that have occurred during the past century are discussed in detail.

Keywords: Cutaneous anthrax, inhalation anthrax, gastrointestinal anthrax, wool sorters disease, formaldehyde, Russia, Soviet Union, Caucasus, Spain, Canada, America (U.S.A.), Haiti, Africa, Central America, Europe, Australia, Central Asia, Turkey, Albania, Zimbabwe.

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