Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Anthrax in humans and animals

Fourth edition

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Overview

This fourth edition of the anthrax guidelines encompasses a systematic review of the extensive new scientific literature and relevant publications up to end 2007 including all the new information that emerged in the 3–4 years after the anthrax letter events.

This updated edition provides information on the disease and its importance, its etiology and ecology, and offers guidance on the detection, diagnostic, epidemiology, disinfection and decontamination, treatment and prophylaxis procedures, as well as control and surveillance processes for anthrax in humans and animals.

Contents

Summary
1. The disease and its importance
2. Etiology and ecology
3. Anthrax in animals
4. Anthrax in humans
5. Pathogenesis and pathology
6. Bacteriology
7. Treatment and prophylaxis
8. Control
9. Anthrax surveillance
Annexes
References
Index

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