A sin of biotechnology, bioterrorism - anthrax

V. Sai Saraswathi, J. Padmavathy, B. Mamatha, N. Hima Sai Bindu, S. Vijayalakshmi

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Anthrax is an acute disease of both humans and animals. It is caused by a rod shaped, spore forming grampositive bacteria, Bacillus anthracis. The spores play a vital role in the transmission of this fatal disease "Anthrax". The aerosols of spores of Bacillus anthracis is a chosen weapon of bioterrorism. The bacillus affects the parts of human body like the intestine, skin and lungs causing Gastrointestinal, Cutaneous and Inhalation anthrax respectively. Large doses of intravenous and oral antibiotics such as flouroquinolones like Ciprofloxacin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Vancomycin and Penicillin are recommended for the treatment of anthrax in the early stages, else the condition turning fatal. Various vaccines formulated to prevent the spreading of fatal disease anthrax are Biothrax, Strene strain, preparation of protective antigen and Passive vaccine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2044-2047
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of PharmTech Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01-07-2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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    Sai Saraswathi, V., Padmavathy, J., Mamatha, B., Hima Sai Bindu, N., & Vijayalakshmi, S. (2010). A sin of biotechnology, bioterrorism - anthrax. International Journal of PharmTech Research, 2(3), 2044-2047.