"A country already shaken by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 is in a state of high alert these days because of the insidious spread of anthrax." (Barry) I remember reading this on the front page of a newspaper. I"m not much of a reader so I turned on the TV and put it on the news channel, I was watching the news and all of a sudden they started talking about an outbreak of some type of disease. I had no idea what it was; I didn't know the difference between anthrax and baby powder. I didn't know where it came from, was it curable, how did you get it, was it contagious, can I prevent getting anthrax, did it all look alike, and was there only one type. Of course this really scared me, so I took upon myself to answer all my questions. To some of things I wanted to know. From all these questions I came up with one major question. What is anthrax and can the effects it has on the human body be prevented. I was later able to answer this question: Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacteria BACILLUS ANTHRACIS. If left untreated anthrax can and usually does result in death. Some companies have come up with new devices to prevent anthrax, and there is also a vaccine. .
All I knew was that it was a deadly disease that could be found in a white powder substance. I also knew that it was being sent through the mail killing people, usually those dealing with the government. .
I decided to do my I-search project on Anthrax cause it is one of my main worries at this point in my life. I am the only one in my house that really checks the mail, unless I'm not there. If I didn't know what anthrax was, looks like, or its symptoms, how would I know if I received an anthrax-laced letter one day?.
Now I have to admit finding information on anthrax was not very hard considering the fact that, it was on every news channel, and on the front page of most newspapers and in many magazine articles.