Anthrax is a bacterial disease which primarily affects herbivorous animals, although all mammals are susceptible to infection. In humans, anthrax can affect the skin and, rarely, the respiratory or gastrointestinal tract. It is caused by Bacillus anthracis, spores of which can survive in the environment for many years.
Anthrax is a notifiable disease in England.
More information about anthrax is available on the health protection website.
Diagnosis and management
Published 11 September 2008