The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Biohazard Anthrax tie in Silver/Grey. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. Anthrax. This design, quoting People Magazine, is truly "Germ Wearfare." Patterned after the micrograph of the spore-forming Bacillus anthracis bacteria, and laced between biohazard symbols, Anthrax on silk makes a powerful statement! Anthrax is a highly lethal disease capable of causing shock and death in 24 to 36 hours. An effective vaccine has limited the danger to its primary target, farm animals. However, due to its airborne mode of transmission, it looms as a significant biological warfare threat. A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "Anthrax is a potentially deadly disease affecting primarily farm animals. It is relatively rare because of availability of an effective vaccine. However, because it is highly toxic, and can be spread by aerosol, anthrax remains a biological warfare threat." "Original images courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and other credentialed sources. " Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.