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What to do if do about inhalation anthrax?

What to do if do about inhalation anthrax?

Antibiotics: Anthrax is treated with antibiotics. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Helle Lukk
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Anthrax (Definition)

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. There is a variety of symptoms, most of which involve the skin, ...Read more


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Can you give me suggestions on do I have inhalation anthrax?

Can you give me suggestions on do I have inhalation anthrax?

Inhalational Anthrax: Symptoms of inhalational anthrax include: fever, sore throat, muscle pain ; fatigue which can evolve into respiratory problems or shock after a few days. However, please be aware that anthrax infections are rare in this country and are most likely to occur in someone who has higher risk job (such as woolsorters or people who work with animal hides or horns). Intentional bioterrorism w anthrax is. ...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

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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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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Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Yes: Mortality rate for untreated cutaneous anthrax is 10 -20 percent but less than 1% with correct antibiotic tx. The mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is around 75% (50 - 90 %) even with antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for gastrointestinal anthrax is about 50 % (25 -60%). Effect of early antibiotic tx is uncertain for gi. Meningitis due to anthrax is just about 100% fatal. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics does CDC recommend for prevention of inhalation anthrax?

Which antibiotics does CDC recommend for prevention of inhalation anthrax?

Prevent- vaccination: Biothrax is an acellular anthrax vaccine which is used in the United States for prevention of anthrax. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

Depends on the type.: Patients with cutaneous anthrax can be treated as outpatients w/ doxycycline. However, inhalational anthrax is a very serious condition that requires hospitalization because of its high mortality rate. Patients will require IV antibiotics. They may also need support of heart and lung function due to the detrimental effects of the anthrax toxin on the body. Inhalation anthrax=possible bioterrorism. ...Read more

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What is anthrax?

Bacterial infection: Infectious disease caused by bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Called woolsorter's disease because those at highest risk work around hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle, goats. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. Can be treated with certain antibiotics. Can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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How deadly is anthrax?

How deadly is anthrax?

Very: Skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary anthrax are increasingly deadly in the order listed. Pulmonary anthrax, once it becomes apparent, is lethal in almost all cases. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anthrax?

Antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin/ levofloxacin/ doxicycline & penicillin are primary treatments for anthrax. Duration of rx depends on setting. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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