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Is anthrax a viral disease?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Oct 14, 2020

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K. Keturah

K. Keturah

K. Keturah
K. Keturah

Answered Apr 01, 2020

The correct answer to this question is No. Viral diseases are diseases that are caused by viruses. Anthrax is not a viral disease, because it is called by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which makes it an infectious disease. One gets anthrax from animals. It starts when an animal inhales spores.

These spores can come from things the animals digest, such as water, soil, or other materials. Humans catch this infection by eating meat that is contaminated, as well as other animal products that have been infiltrated with the disease. When a human gets it, the same spores activate in their body and can create an illness.

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E. Reyes

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

Anthrax is not a viral disease but a disease caused by a bacterium known as Bacillus anthracis. Viral diseases are caused by viruses, whereas Anthrax is a bacterial infection. It is an infectious disease and not a contagious disease. The disease is mostly gotten by animals when they inhale spores that are mixed with the soil, water, and other materials that can be eaten by animals.

Also, the fact that anthrax is an animal disease does not mean it cannot be gotten by human beings. People get infected with the disease when they eat contaminated meat or any other animal products that have been contaminated with the disease. When an individual becomes infected, anthrax spores become activated, and they start spreading in the body until they start producing harmful substances that can cause serious illness to an individual. Also, it can take up to a week before an infected person starts showing symptoms.

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