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Anthrax is a disease caused by bacteria carried by wild and domestic animals that eat plants. These bacteria can form spores, which allows the bacteria to survive in the environment for a long time. Anthrax is now very rare in Australia. Since 2001 there have only been three human cases of anthrax in Australia, in 2006, 2007 and 2010. All of these cases had skin infections caused by exposure to anthrax spores.

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Last updated: 3/02/2016 2:54:00 PM