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A fatal case of anthrax in a lioness. Note the swelling of the head

A fatal case of anthrax in a lioness. Note the swelling of the head

Term: 2012
Published: November 19, 2012
Revised: March 13, 2013

“Anthrax” is the clinical manifestation of disease caused by a spore-bearing bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax is a highly contagious disease of primarily herbivores, although all mammals are susceptible. Under natural conditions omnivores, carnivores and humans are considered incidental hosts. In herbivores it is usually characterized by sudden death and the presence of the causal agentin the body fluids towards the terminal phase of the disease. In the less susceptible hosts it can be preceded by subcutaneous swellings. The principal lesions are those of widespread oedema, haemorrhage and necrosis.

About The Instructor

Dr Valerius de Vos

1979 - 1996: Head of Research, S.A. National Parks, based at Skukuza, Kruger National Park.

1996 - 2001: Awarded a post as Specialist Scientist on a personal scale.

2001-2013: Consultant on veterinary ecology and infectious diseases and Macadamia farmer in the Nelspruit district.

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