ragpicker's disease


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Noun1.ragpicker's disease - a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracisragpicker's disease - a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse
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In the 19th century, anthrax was known in Europe as woolsorter's and ragpicker's disease because these groups of people caught the endospores from the fibers and hides they were handling.
In our introductory paragraph we referred to woolsorter's disease and ragpicker's disease, terms used to describe textile industry related inhalational anthrax rather than cutaneous disease (3,4).