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Anthrax

  • By: Tyler Childs Cymet
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) gets its name from the Greek word for coal (anthrakis) due to the black skin lesions the disease causes. Anthrax has appeared throughout history; Virgil describes it among domesticated wild animals in his Georgics (29 b.c.e.). ...

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