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AnthraxThe Investigation of a Deadly Outbreak$
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Jeanne Guillemin

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222045

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222045.001.0001

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Anthrax

Anthrax

Accursed Fire and Biological Weapon

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(p.1) 1 Anthrax
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Anthrax
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Jeanne Guillemin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0001

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

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