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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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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?

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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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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I live on a farm, can I get anthrax from my livestock?

Possible but not : Likely. Please consult this site for more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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What kinds of anthrax worker safety guidelines have been issued?

What kinds of anthrax worker safety guidelines have been issued?

Check CDC: The centers for disease control [cdc] have issued guidelines about anthrax and worker safety. Check it out here: http://www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax/work-safety/ our tax dollars at work! ...Read more

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What are best lab tests for anthrax?

This is moot: Anthrax organisms grow on culture. However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back. ...Read more

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How anthrax can cause respiratory attack?

Anthrax: The anthrax infection begins in the mediastinum and produces toxins which kill nearby cells. As more cells are infected and die, swelling and bleeding occur. Toxins spread throughout the body affecting organs and causing the organs to fail. When organs begin to fail, the disease has become fatal. ...Read more

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Why does treatment for anthrax take so long?

Long prevention: Anthrax, once clinically evident, usually kills quickly and treatment is not very effective. You may be referring to the 60 day course of antibiotics prescribed for some one exposed to anthrax. This is based on the findings of an outbreak in russia. Exposed individuals developed the disease up to 60 days after exposure. ...Read more

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Could you get anthrax from a couch, chair, hat any sort of furniture?

Anthrax: One can get anthrax from inhaling anthrax spores. Is there any reason to think you have been exposed to a terrorist attack ? ...Read more

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Is there a vaccination for anthrax?

Is there a vaccination for anthrax?

Yes: However it is neither recommended nor readily available for the general public. ...Read more

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How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

Statistics: Statistically, it would be very unlikely. Unless you are in at at risk population such as researches who work with animals, veterinarians, farmers or people who sell exotic hides or you are military and could be exposed to weaponized anthrax in a deployed setting - it is very doubtful that you would contract anthrax. ...Read more

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