Since the beginning of 2017, Bacillus anthracis or Anthrax have already infected quite a number of patients. Almost every month, sporadic cases of humans most likely contracting the bacteria from bovines were being reported to have been suffering from the disease.
Fatal if not given outright treatment, Anthrax is a disease that should be taken seriously. The most recent casualty was a man from Georgia, Adjara.
In September 2017 alone, collected reports from PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker have shown new cases of the said disease. Adjara, Krygyztan, Bangladesh and Italy had cases of Anthrax on the first 10 days of the said month.
PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker collected reports on ANTHRAX that can be found in the super app.
According to WHO, Anthrax commonly infects herbivores but can also affect birds and other mammals through inhalation, cutaneous contact, digesting infected meat and injecting illegal drugs. Its symptoms also vary depending on how the disease was contracted.
The Bacillus anthracis bacterium is strenuous. A study by Dittman et al. found out that Bacillus anthracis has crystalline nucleotides protecting their DNA make-up against any environmental stress making them resistant to drought, heat and radiation.
An overview on PeN’s PULSE Virus Tracker showing the location of diseases all over the globe.
Though Anthrax is curable in its early onset, being knowledgeable about it more especially on preventing it is a major advantage.
Are you at risk?
Mayo Clinic lists down risk factors depending on a person’s occupation. People in the military are highly at risk since Anthrax is also used a an agent for bio-terrorism. Professionals handling anthrax in laboratory settings, animal handlers on skin, fur or wool, veterinarians and game animal handlers are more likely contracting Anthrax since they are more often in direct contact with the bacteria. Heroin addicts will most likely be infected while injecting poorly sanitized illegal drug apparatus.
Monitor and be cautious at all times. Focusing on prevention is always a wise idea so watch out for these important facts, pandemic or not.