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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bacteria: It is a spore forming bacteria causing certain types of skin, inhalation, and ingestional illnesses.

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience in Gastroenterology
Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience in Neurology
No: You cannot get anthrax from asking a question on health tap.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Very.: Especially if you inhale the spores. The skin lesions (called "malignant pustules") are not quite as dangerous, but still nothing you want to ever be ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
1 germ/3-4 forms: There is one anthrax germ that produces human illness based on how it enters the body. Inhaled spores can produce pulmonary anthrax (terrorist act), e ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: It can be treated with penicillin and other antibiotics. The pulmonary form of anthrax is the form most likely to be fatal.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Anthrax vaccine: Although much has been written in the lay press about it, the current anthrax vaccine is safe. The most common side effect, like most vaccines, is inj ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Tissue death: Once the inhaled anthrax spores germinate in the lungs they release toxins. This causes both bleeding & swelling which ultimately leads to tissue dea ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Patrick
44 years experience in Pulmonology
Probably not: Unless you work with infected animals or animal products (hair, wool, hides) or are a target for bioterrorism you are unlikely to be exposed to anthra ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Spores: The bacteria can encase themselves in a very touch coat that makes them basically indestructable. They can stay in the soil for centuries.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Flu-like symptoms: Anthrax causes fever, chills, body aches, swelling, and blackened skin ulcers at the area of exposure.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deepti Saxena
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Residual element: Most of the vaccines have residual harmful elements which could cause other auto immune disease which could impact heart, too.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Not easily passed: Anthrax is passed thru:contact of the spores on the skin producing a skin ulcer, inhalation of spores into the lung producing inhalation anthrax; inge ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Very dangerous: Inhalation anthrax death rate is estimated to be approximately 75% with treatment. Prior to development of aggressive treatments the death rate was mo ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Id in smear/culture: Lab testing can identify the germ in blood smears/spinal fluid/abdominal fluid or from blood cultures. Specimines are obtained before abx & placed on ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous.This provides ample nutrition for ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
Well..: Smallpox ended as a result of an aggressive world wide vaccination program. Polio is essentially gone in the U.S. due to vaccination efforts, but is ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience in Travel Medicine
Military & lab work: People at risk for contracting anthrax should be immunized against it. Currently certain military personnel, people who work with anthrax in labs, peo ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
No conventional test: There are no conventional blood tests for anthrax. Diagnosis requires culture from the lesion(s). A presumptive positive specimen should be referred ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Fluroquinols: Ciprofloxicine, doxycycline, erythromycine can be used in early stages of disease.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Efremov
42 years experience in Internal Medicine
Three types: There is cutaneous, GI and pulmonary the later is the most serious and you could die from it.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Helle Lukk
39 years experience in Family Medicine
Runny nose: Anthrax rarely is associated with a runny nose- so if you have a runny nose and typical cold symptoms or flu symptoms especially during cold and flu s ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
Legionnaires disease: Legionella pneumophilia is the bacteria that causes legionaires' disease. It was first recognized when it caused an epidemic of pneumonia at a pennsyl ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes: What are you sick with? And how come you will be exposed to anthrax? Do you work in a research lab? Anthrax exposure carries a high chance of acquirin ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Well, yes, but...: Not on any voluntary basis that just any one can get. People at high risk may get it, such as vets, farmers or researchers who handle anthrax, or mil ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
TUBERCULOSIS: The conventional TB treatment does not include ozone gas.They are inh , rifamfin, pza and emb.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: During its active years smallpox in general had a 30% case fatality rate, highest in children and older adults. Some subtypes with malignant or hemorr ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Anthrax: The anthrax infection begins in the mediastinum and produces toxins which kill nearby cells. As more cells are infected and die, swelling and bleeding ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
14 years experience in General Practice
Not guaranteed : Antibiotics are not 100% in getting rid of infections including anthrax. When the disease course is late or fulminant, it becomes harder to treat. Fo ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience in Travel Medicine
Not yet available: Anthrax is a bacterial infection which can be weaponized. Currently the vaccine is only available to the military. It is treated with ciprofloxacin, a ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
It may but...: It depends on the resistance profile of specific strain of klebsiella. Many strains acquired in the 'community' are very sensitive to almost all anti ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Long prevention: Anthrax, once clinically evident, usually kills quickly and treatment is not very effective. You may be referring to the 60 day course of antibiotics ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marcus Degraw
21 years experience in Pediatrics
No: Vaccines don't cure infections, they prevent them. Getting a vaccine after infection, in most cases, is worthless and will have nothing to do with cur ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jackie Lam
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Answer: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Doxycycline are two of the medications approved for anthrax.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Very low: Anthrax is very rare and mail is inspected for harmful substances these days.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Traci Buxton
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Isolation: When someone has been exposed to anthrax, the infected person is isolated, the exposed area is quarantined and disinfected and exposed persons are tr ... Read More

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