Anthrax is an infection caused by a bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. The infection can take three forms depending on the affected part of the body: cutaneous (on the skin), inhalational, and gastrointestinal. Bacillus anthracis is a microorganism that lives in the soil as a spore. It is hardy and can lie dormant yet alive for many years. The bacterium primarily infects wild and domesticated grazing animals, such as cattle, deer, sheep, and goats. Humans can then become infected by handling the animals or their hair, hide, or meat.
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