Intended for healthcare professionals

Recognising and treating cutaneous anthrax

Anthrax is an extremely rare, but often fatal, bacterial infection caused by the Gram-positive, spore-forming organism Bacillus anthracis (B. anthracis). It has recently become important because of its use, by terrorists, as a biological weapon. It responds to antibiotics, provided they are given early – so prompt recognition is essential. Dermatologists played a vital role in diagnosis of the initial three cases of cutaneous anthrax in New York City in October 2001.
Dermatology in practice 2004; 12(3): 10–11
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