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FactSheet: Anthrax Volume 12 Issue 12

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 12(12) 338 - 338 Published: 2001

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Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis. The same bacteria can lead to three forms of disease: cutaneous anthrax, intestinal anthrax, and inhalational (or pulmonary) anthrax. Anthrax occurs among grazing animals in many parts of the world, including livestock in parts of New South Wales. Anthrax is a very rare disease in humans. In NSW only two cases of human anthrax have been reported since 1982.