Janet M. Decker's Anthrax (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics) PDF

By Janet M. Decker

ISBN-10: 0791073025

ISBN-13: 9780791073025

ISBN-10: 1438101317

ISBN-13: 9781438101316

Specialists within the box of microbiology inform the nice detective tales of ways many of the world's best-known lethal disease-causing microbes have been first remoted, pointed out, and studied. Readers find out how those lethal viruses and micro organism reason disorder and what steps were taken to get rid of them. most typically linked to animals corresponding to farm animals, the infectious illness anthrax lately entered the highlight for its power use as a weapon of organic struggle opposed to people.

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Doctors began anti bi o tic tre a tment. October 2: Robert Stevens, a 63-year-old photo editor at AMI awoke early with nausea, vomiting, and confusion. He had started to feel ill on a trip to North Carolina about five days earlier. His symptoms included fatigue, chills and fever, lack of appetite, and sweating. His family took him to the hospital emergency room (ER). Stevens had a fever and an elevated heart rate. He did not k n ow his own name, wh ere he was, or what day it was. Hi s WBC count was normal.

He was treated with antibiotics for two weeks. The bump on his face improved slowly and eventually disappeared. The farmer’s blood tested positive for antibodies to anthrax. During the 2000 anthrax outbreak, 157 animals died on 31 North D a kota farms. Si x ty - t wo peop l e , including farmers, veterinarians, and laboratory technicians, were in contact with those animals or their tissues. Only one developed anthrax. Anthrax is a zoonosis < zoo-oh-NO-sis>, which means it is an i n fectious disease that can be transmitted from animals to humans under n a tu ral con d i ti on s .

Agitation, s ei z u res, and delirium may also occur. Anthrax meningitis is usu a lly fatal even with antibiotic treatment. GASTROINTESTINAL ANTHRAX In Ju ly 2000, a Minnesota farmer had a cow that was unabl e to stand. The local veteri n a rian dec i ded it was safe to eat meat from the cow, so the farm er butch ered it and too k the c a rcass to a priva te meat processing plant. F ive family members ate hambu r ger or steak from the carc a s s . One had diarrhea that lasted one day, beginning abo ut two days after eating meat from the cow.

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