Anthrax is a bacterium that creates an _____ in order to survive. The struture contains a small. . . amount of DNA that enables it to survive once placed back into its optimal environment.

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Anthrax (bacillus anthracis) is a spore former. These spores protect the bacterium and make it viable or capable of producing disease for years. The spore protects it from heat and drying and other environmental factors. Spores also cause the bacterium to be resistant to chemical disinfectants.

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Anthrax (bacillus anthracis) is a spore former. These spores protect the bacterium and make it viable or capable of producing disease for years. The spore protects it from heat and drying and other environmental factors. Spores also cause the bacterium to be resistant to chemical disinfectants.

Anthrax is an acute infectious disease of cattle and sheep but is easily passed to man. Hogs and horses may also become infected. Anthrax is found worldwide but is relatively rare in the U.S. Anthrax is often called splenic fever because of the enlargement of the spleen that accompanies the disease.It is also called woolsorters' disease because of men working with sheep harvesting the wool.  Anthrax can grow and flourish with or without oxygen thus increasing its virulence.

Animals usually become infected by grazing on infected pastures. Buzzards also carry the organism long distances on their feet and infect water and soil sources.

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