Anthrax Resistance Found in Some Mice

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Anthrax is particularly insidious because initial symptoms mimic the common cold or flu. Within days symptoms escalate to breathing problems, shock and then death. Early administration of antibiotics is an effective treatment in about 80 percent of cases. If left untreated the disease is fatal.

The most effective defense against anthrax is vaccination.The current version of the vaccine is difficult to produce and full treatment requires six shots followed by an annual booster.The vaccine is currently only available to military personnel and individuals working in high risk areas.

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