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 gastro-intestinal 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