Question...

exo1a at my-deja.com exo1a at my-deja.com
Sun Nov 5 18:29:36 EST 2000


In article <80a90tgp3ib08fh5lpecrgbisovv0tokpm at 4ax.com>,
  larryn at ozemail.com.au wrote:
> >Everything you have said is true.  But, if a person is infected with
> >anthrax, they cannot spread it to other people.  It is not contageous.
>
> 1==> I think you would get a lot of argument on that.  Will quote the
> lead paragraph from Encarta as many readers can easily check this.
> "Anthrax," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997
> Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
>
>       "Anthrax, contagious disease of warm-blooded animals, including
> humans, caused by the bacterium /Bacillus anthracis/. One of the
> oldest known diseases, it was once epidemic and still appears in many
> world areas, but only sporadically in the western and southern United
> States. It was the first disease for which the causative organism was
> isolated, by C. J. Davaine in 1863, for which a pure culture was
> obtained, by Robert Koch in 1876, and for which an effective vaccine
> was developed, by Louis Pasteur in 1881."

That's great, but doesn't really address person-to-person transmission.
There are no known cases, ever, of person-to-person transmission.

> 2==> Out of curiosity, where did you get the idea that it wasn't
> contagious?

Any recent book on bioweapons and such.


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