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When there is a known incident, how can I prevent anthrax exposure from cross-contaminated mail?

When there is a known incident, how can I prevent anthrax exposure from cross-contaminated mail?

Autoclave the mail: You worrying about an eventuality that is less likely to happen than you getting struck by lightening, so to speak. However, if you are paranoid, you could get your mail autoclaved. ...Read more

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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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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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How can mail get cross-contaminated with anthrax?

Only by design: Ordinary mail including packages will not pick up things like anthrax or other infectious agents. For this to happen, someone would have to, on purpose, open one piece of mail and insert anthrax. There is no chance for accidental contamination. ...Read more

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What is the risk for getting anthrax from handling my own mail?

What is the risk for getting anthrax from handling my own mail?

Very, very low: According to an article written by ed o’keefe for the washington post, the United States postal service spends $101 million annually to screen all first-class mail. Envelopes are scanned and periodic air samples are taken to track for biologic agents. No harmful biological chemicals have been detected since 2002. ...Read more

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What is the best option for prevention of the anthrax infection?

Vaccine and : Antibiotics. Depending on the circumstances, a person may get vaccination. If a person has been exposed, s/he may be put on prophylactic antibiotics. See the site below for more information http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002301/. ...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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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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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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Can you tell me how anthrax attack and spread ?

See below: Anthrax is a bacterial infection. The germs form spores and be present in soil or animal hides for years. Natural spread is through inhalation of spores with resulting pneumonia and high mortality. Skin infection occurs through abrasion in the skin. Eating undercooked meat of infected animals causes Castro-intestinal infection. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/anthrax/ ...Read more

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What systems and or organs does the anthrax powder attack ?

Anthrax: What are the types of anthrax infection? Anthrax infection can occur in three forms: cutaneous (skin), inhalation, and gastrointestinal. ...Read more

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