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Anthrax bacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of anthrax bacteria. Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world. Although it is rare, people can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.The type of illness a person develops depends on how anthrax enters the body. Typically, anthrax gets into the body through the skin, lungs, or gastrointestinal system. All forms can be fatal if left untreated. Treatment is with antibiotics. Magnification: x1500 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
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