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Anthrax

Jeanne Guillemin

in Anthrax

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780520222045
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0001
Anthrax

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Anthrax predates back to the start of civilization and is a disease that kills livestock and affects humans with black spots. This chapter introduces a research team—including the author—which is sent to Sverdlovsk, Moscow, the location of the worst anthrax epidemic that has been recorded in a modern industrial nation, and explains how an anthrax infection starts and how humans can contract the disease. It then focuses on the possibility to use anthrax as a biological weapon, and introduces the Biological Weapons Convention, which bans the development, production, stockpiling, and retaining of biological agents or toxins.

Keywords: anthrax; epidemic; anthrax infection; biological weapon; Biological Weapons Convention

Chapter.  4245 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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