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Doctor insights on: How Likely Am I To Be Infected By Anthrax During A Terrorist Plot

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How likely am I to be infected by anthrax during a terrorist plot?

How likely am I to be infected by anthrax during a terrorist plot?

Unlikely: Unless you were directly exposed, inhaling the spores of anthrax at the time they were suspended in the air, your risk is minimal. Infected persons do not spred the anthrax to others like you would see with a flu. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Could anthrax spread by consuming cooked infected meat?

Not if well cooked.: Anthrax spores are harder to kill than usual bacteria. However, if the meat was well done, it not likely to be infective. ...Read more

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What can I do if my paranoia is acting up and im scared I've been infected with anthrax, please help?

Paranoia is scary: Paranoia is scary. The fact that you realize that it is probably just paranoia is a good sign & a psychologist and or a psychiatrist can help you fight your paranoia. If you were infected with anthrax, you would know very quickly, so i would try to relax and call a mental health clinic and get some help. I know it is hard to trust anyone when you feel that way, but your mental health is worth it! ...Read more

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Where can anthrax still be found?

Where can anthrax still be found?

Soil/ mammals: Bacillus anthracis spores can be found in soil. Mammals can be impacted. Anthrax outbreaks in animals are more often seen in undeveloped nations. However, anthrax has been found on all continents (even antarctica!). ...Read more

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How can anthrax (disease) survive?

How can anthrax (disease) survive?

Spores: The bacteria can encase themselves in a very touch coat that makes them basically indestructable. They can stay in the soil for centuries. ...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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How does the transmission of anthrax takes place?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! it is know for its potential to be used in terrorism (2001) as dried spores sent thru the mail infected some people with pulmonary anthrax. You can get skin anthrax from contact with spores ( from soil) & you can get GI anthrax by eating raw meat or dairy from contaminated animals. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...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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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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Why is anthrax so hard to kill?

Spores: Anthrax bacterial form spores with a thick coat and the spore form can remain dormant for years. ...Read more

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How quickly can anthrax kill you?

Anthrax: The incubation period is usually 1 to 7 days for pulmonary anthrax. Per http://ideas.Health.Vic.Gov.Au/bluebook/anthrax.Asp “evidence from mass exposures indicates incubation periods up to 60 days are possible for pulmonary anthrax, related to delayed activation of inhaled spores.” incubation is followed by a somewhat mild prodromal phase with average duration of 2 days. ...Read more

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Long term side effects of anthrax?

Anthrax: Is usually fatal if not treated right away, it is not a chronic disease. ...Read more

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Is my hookah poisoned with anthrax?

Not likely: But using tobacco is a very bad idea. ...Read more

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Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Yes: Anthrax is a serious illness. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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What does anthrax do to the human body?

Severe inflammation: Anthrax causes severe inflammation of the affected organ. In terms of seriousness are infections of skin, GI tract and lung. Anthrax pneumonia has very high mortality. ...Read more

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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax. Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Who should be vaccinated against anthrax?

Military & lab work: People at risk for contracting anthrax should be immunized against it. Currently certain military personnel, people who work with anthrax in labs, people who work with imported animal hides or furs from areas of high levels of anthrax, and veterinarians working in areas (outside of usa) with high levels of anthrax. ...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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