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How many different types of anthrax are there?

How many different types of anthrax are there?

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), eating raw meat or dairy from infected animals can produce mouth & throat or gastrointestinal anthrax.Spores that are scratched into the skin surface can produce a skin sore.See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

Tissue death: Once the inhaled anthrax spores germinate in the lungs they release toxins. This causes both bleeding & swelling which ultimately leads to tissue death. Death rate is around 99% untreated and up to 75% when treated. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the ways to diagnose anthrax?

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 appropriate media for growth & identification. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Lab director was asking for a blood test for anthrax. How do you do it?

Lab director was asking for a blood test for anthrax. How do you do it?

No direct Test: If spores were identified on a gram stain that could be used to confirm diagnosis. The problem is that spores are often not present. Gram positive organism can change over time. Confirmatory tests include gamma bacteriophage testing, indirect hemagglutination and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay to detect antibodies. ...Read more

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What are best lab tests for anthrax?

What are best lab tests for anthrax?

This is moot: Anthrax organisms grow on culture. However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back. ...Read more

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How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

Statistics: Statistically, it would be very unlikely. Unless you are in at at risk population such as researches who work with animals, veterinarians, farmers or people who sell exotic hides or you are military and could be exposed to weaponized anthrax in a deployed setting - it is very doubtful that you would contract anthrax. ...Read more

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I am already sick, will anthrax exposure cause severe complications?

Yes: You are less likely to get anthrax than getting hit by lightening. If you are so paranoid, consult your doctor for feasibility of getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Anthrax: It depends which kind is involved. Inhalation anthrax is very serious, and only 25% respond to antibiotics. Cutaneous and gastrointestinal anthrax responds much better to antibiotics - better than 50 - 60%. ...Read more

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