Postgrad Med J 82:754-756 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2005.044487
  • Review

Anthrax: a disease in waiting?

  1. L Dognany1,
  2. P D Welsby2
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
  2. 2Infection disease Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L Doganay
 Dokuz Eylul University, Tip Fakultesi ic Hastaliklari AD, Inciralti, Izmir 35340, Turkey;levent.doganay{at}
  • Received 20 December 2005
  • Accepted 28 March 2006


Anthrax was a relatively unknown disease in the Western world until 2001, when spores were maliciously mailed in the US, causing five deaths. The mortality of the disease, the stability of its spores and the subsequent lack of person-to-person spread make anthrax an attractive biological weapon for terrorists with a desire for targeted mass destruction.


  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Patient consent has been received for publication of the figures in this study.