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The species of domestic animals most commonly affected are cattle, sheep, and goats; pigs, dogs, and cats are less susceptible. Since an enlarged spleen is a classic observation in animals with anthrax, the disease has also been known as splenic fever or splenic apoplexy. In humans the cutaneous form is known as malignant pustule, and the pulmonary or intestinal, industrial type, as woolsorters' disease or industrial anthrax. In French the equivalent of splenic fever is sang de rate, in German Milzbrand; other French synonyms include charbon and pustule maligne.

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