Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

why is anthrax so hard to kill

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Spores: Anthrax bacterial form spores with a thick coat and the spore form can remain dormant for years.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
28 years experience Dermatology
Spores inhaled: The spores containing the bacteria bacillus anthracis can be inhaled into the lungs which then become very difficult to reach with antibiotics. Even w ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Spore: Anthrax can be found in soil through out the world. A hard coating like an armour forms to protect the anthrax bacteria. The spore is impervious to m ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Anthrax: The incubation period is usually 1 to 7 days for pulmonary anthrax. Per http://ideas.Health.Vic.Gov.Au/bluebook/anthrax.Asp “evidence from mass expo ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Silverman
Specializes in Infectious Disease
Yes: It is found in soil and when animals come in contact can become infected and humans can infrequently become infected after coming into contact with in ... Read More
1
1 thank
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can co ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience 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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Route of exposure: If anthrax spores are introduced into the skin, it causes a local sore and ulcer and mortality is limited. Eating contaminate meat causes gastro-intes ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jess Crosier
31 years experience Pathology
Anthrax: Bacillus microbe that is highly resistant to extreme environmental states. Commonly occurs in livestock industry and has military potential in a weap ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
44 years experience 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience 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.
1
1 thank
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
No: Historically antthrax has primarily been classified as a zoonotic infection, because it was usually found in farm animals and those who worked with th ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month