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Causative Agent - Anthrax

B. anthracis (Gk: anthrakis – “coal”)

Large, spore-forming bacterium

Gram-stain positive

Rod-shaped bacillus

Non-motile

Two states

Vegetative - causes infection via toxin production

Spores

Protective in adverse environments

May subsist for years

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