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What Is Anthrax?

Lee este articuloYou may have heard about anthrax and wondered what it is. Some people are worried that the germ that causes anthrax could be spread and used as a weapon. Although this is a frightening thought, the government and police are working on ways to protect us.

In the meantime, it's important not to panic over anthrax — the chance that you or someone in your family could ever get it is very small. One of the ways you can feel better is to learn about the disease. When you know what it is and how you can get it, it doesn't seem quite as scary.

So here are answers to some questions you might have about anthrax:

If you're still worried about anthrax, remember that you, your family, and your friends will probably never be exposed to anthrax spores. Talking to your teacher or parent may make you feel better and give you answers to any other questions about anthrax.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: January 2013

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