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what symptoms does anthrax infection usually cause?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on form: The worst form, inhalation anthrax is flu like early with low grade fever, fatigue, non-productive cough, muscle aches, etc.One to 5 days later there may be abrupt onset of high fever, severe breathing difficulty and shock. Death may ensue within 24-36 hrs.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Several: You respiratory flu like illness and skin lesion about 1 inch diameter can become black in center with ulcer and redness around it.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the types of anthrax infection?

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Dr. David Bracho
Dr. David Bracho answered
General Practice 9 years experience
Skin, lungs and GI: Anthrax is an infection caused by bacillus anthracis that is usually spread by infected animals or animal products and can manifest itself in three ways.The majority present as skin infections with pustules. Next, inhalation anthrax is much more severe and presents with flu-like symptoms.The third is gastrointestinal anthrax and may present with severe abdominal pain and bloody vomit or diarrhea.
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What sort of problem is an anthrax infection?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Specializes in Gastroenterology
A bad one: Anthrax infection is caused by the bacteria bacillus anthracis. It can cause troubles with your lungs and breathing, rashes, and gastrointestinal upset, among other symptoms. The concern nowadays is that it can be used as a weapon in spore form (e.g. Through the mail). Thankfully, it can be treated with antibiotics.

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