Bacillus anthracis

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Bacillus anthracis

El Bacillus anthracis es una bacteria que forma esporas aeróbicas que producen enfermedad en humanos y animales. Las bacterias se encuentran en dos formas: ántrax cutáneo y ántrax por inhalación. El ántrax cutáneo es una infección de la piel causada por contacto directo con la bacteria. El ántrax respiratorio o por inhalación es una enfermedad infecciosa causada por la inhalación de esporas de la bacteria. Aunque el ántrax afecta comúnmente a animales con pezuñas como las ovejas y cabras, los seres humanos también pueden adquirir esta enfermedad. El ántrax es un agente potencial para ser usado como arma biológica o bioterrorismo.

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  • Last Reviewed on 08/28/2009
  • Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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