Epidemiology and Infection

Research Article

Information on which to base assessments of risk from environments contaminated with anthrax spores

A. Watsona1 and D. Keira1 c1

a1 Environmental Risk Assessment Department, AEA Technology Consultancy Services, Thomson House, Risley, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6AT


Although there has been a considerable amount of research conducted into Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, the data are widely disseminated in the scientific literature and are therefore not always easy to assimilate. In view of continuing concern about potential anthrax contamination in environmental materials and sites, this review brings together the currently available information relating to the health hazards from B. anthracis. The relevance of the available information for risk assessment purposes is assessed.

(Accepted July 04 1994)


c1 Author for correspondence and requests for reprints.