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What causes the anthrax virus? Is there a cure?

What causes the anthrax virus? Is there a cure?

Anthrax: It is caused by Bacillus anthracis. There are treatments available. ...Read more

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Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

No: The flu is caused by a virus. Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is an antibiotic, so it can't be used to treat or prevent a viral infection. Anthrax is not caused by a virus; it's caused by a bacteria. But why would you want to prevent something as rare as anthrax? ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How is anthrax transmitted?

Air-borne: Anthrax is an air-borne illness. These spores can live in sheeps wool and get into the body by inhalation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for anthrax?

Three main types: Anthrax has three main clinical types, in increasing order of severity, cutaneous (skin) gastro-intestinal and pulmonary. Check the site below for symptoms of each. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002301/. ...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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Is anthrax always fatal?

No: It can be treated with penicillin and other antibiotics. The pulmonary form of anthrax is the form most likely to be fatal. ...Read more

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How contagious is anthrax?

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; ingestion of spore containing food producing throat/gi anthrax. It is not spread from on person to another.Anthrax is notorius as a bioterrorism agent (2001), anthrax is not going to go around like a flu. ...Read more

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Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Is there an effective vaccinination for anthrax?

Yes but use limited: There is a vaccine against anthrax that is limited in its use to parts of the military and a few additional civilians. There is little general risk outside of bioterrorism and availability of antibiotics for those potentially exposed limit its use on any broad scale. ...Read more

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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