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

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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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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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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Can I get screened or tested to find out whether I have been exposed to anthrax?

Not a specific test: There is not a specific test for anthrax. If spores were to be seen on gram staining - this could confirm the diagnosis. Problem is that they are often not present. ...Read more

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What is anthrax?

Bacterial infection: Infectious disease caused by bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Called woolsorter's disease because those at highest risk work around hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle, goats. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. Can be treated with certain antibiotics. Can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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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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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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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