What You Need to Know About Anthrax
Vaccine for AnthraxThere is a vaccine to prevent the disease, but it is not yet available for the general public. Anyone who is likely to be exposed to Bacillus anthracis may get the vaccine. These groups of people may include:
- Certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Laboratory workers
- Workers who may enter or re-enter contaminated areas.
Also, in the event of an attack using anthrax as a weapon, people exposed would get the vaccine.
A Biological WeaponThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classify agents with recognized bioterrorism potential into three priority areas (A, B, and C). Bacillus anthracis is classified as a Category A agent. Category A agents are those that:
- Pose the greatest possible threat for a bad effect on public health
- May spread across a large area, or require public awareness
- Need a great deal of planning to protect the public's health.