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Is anthrax so deadly? If so, how?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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K. Keturah

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Answered Apr 01, 2020

Anthrax kills through the toxins that the bacteria produces. Although antibiotics can be used to kill the bacteria created from anthrax, the toxins remain in the body and over time, the damage cells. Anthrax creates two types of toxins. One is a lethal toxin.

The second is edema toxin. Both equally damage cells, but there is one particular cell that makes anthrax deadly. That cell is the endothelial cells. They are important because are the cells that line the lymph vessels and the blood vessels. Another reason why is that these toxins impact the cells of the liver, and heart muscle.

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T. Moses

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Answered Apr 01, 2020

The correct answer to this question is Yes. Anthrax is caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a bacterium. This bacteria produces toxins which are deadly. There are two types of toxins that anthrax produce. The first toxin is a lethal toxin.

The second is an edema toxin.When these toxins infect a person, the two toxins bind together to receptors that are on the cell's surface. People may be very familiar with anthrax from the time that it ravaged through New York. Depending on the type of anthrax and how it comes into the system, it can kill within days to weeks.

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

Anthrax is a disease that is caused by a bacterium called bacterium Bacillus anthracis; it produces two deadly toxins. The first is a lethal toxin, and the other is edema toxin. When it infects a human or an animal, both toxins bind to the receptors on the surfaces of the cells. There is a type of anthrax that ravaged New York sometimes ago; it is contracted by touching the spores.

It rarely kills and can be treated with antibiotics. The inhaled form, which was seen in Florida, is insidious and also an efficient killer. The spores, if they are inhaled, can kill in a matter of 2 or 3 days, the worst is that the symptoms might not be more than just cold. The military has considered anthrax to be a very serious biological threat; it is even considered as the most deadly of all the biological threats there are.

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