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A 17-year-old male asked:

do i have inhalation anthrax? i was on webmd symptom checker it says i have it i have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath

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Dr. Gregory Patrick
Pulmonology 45 years experience
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 anthrax spores. Chronic bronchitis from smoking more common. See your md for testing if concerned.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Doubtful: In order to contract inhalation anthrax, you have to come into contact with anthrax. Unless you're a member of a terrorist group with connections or you work in a top secret government weapons lab, it's very hard to get exposure. "common things happen commonly" is a well respected medical aphorism. You likely have a viral pharyngitis. It's not a bad idea to get a spot strep screen ; mono test tho.

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