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Doctor insights on: Cutaneous Anthrax Symptoms

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Which the difference between pulmonary and cutaneous anthrax?

Which the difference between pulmonary and cutaneous anthrax?

Fatality rate: Pulmonary anthrax is acquired through inhalation and has a high mortality rate. Cutaneous anthrax is the result of skin inoculation and is generally not fatal. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

Cutaneous (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of most complex organs of body. 3 layers: epidermis (outer), dermis (main part) and subcutaneous layers covers entire body, contains many specialized cells, maintains body temp, gathers sensory info from the outer world, has extremely important immune functions. It can give crucial clues as to what is internal. Dermatology and plastic surgery are ...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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What are the symptoms of anthrax poison?

Bacterial infection: Anthrax is a bacterial infection with three major types of manifestations, in order or severity, cutaneous, gastrointestinal and pulmonary. Pulmonary infection, once it becomes apparent as pneumonia is usually lethal. Gi type causes severe bloody diarrhea and skin forms presents as an ulcer with fever. ...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 symptoms of anthrax are the most common?

Lung, skin, GI: Skin anthrax presents an ulcer and is the least dangerous. Gi anthrax causes bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain etc. Inhalational anthrax is the most serious and causes cough, blood sputum, fever, shortness of breath. Note that once symptoms of lung infection appear, treatment is usually not effective and infection causes rapid death! ...Read more

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What symptoms does anthrax infection usually cause?

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. ...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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Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Few Cases/ Serious: There are very few cases of anthrax - however infection wth anthrax is a serious healh problem with a high fatality rate for GI & inhalational anthrax. ...Read more

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Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can come in contact with infected hides or meat. Animal outbreaks are most often seen in undeveloped countries. ...Read more

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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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