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Doctor insights on: Intestinal Anthrax

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What is anthrax?

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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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...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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What is the treatment for anthrax?

What is the treatment for anthrax?

Antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin/ levofloxacin/ doxicycline & penicillin are primary treatments for anthrax. Duration of rx depends on setting. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...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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What are the types of anthrax infection?

What are the types of anthrax infection?

Skin, lungs and GI: Anthrax is an infection caused by bacillus anthracis that is usually spread by infected animals or animal products and can manifest itself in three ways.The majority present as skin infections with pustules. Next, inhalation anthrax is much more severe and presents with flu-like symptoms.The third is gastrointestinal anthrax and may present with severe abdominal pain and bloody vomit or diarrhea. ...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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How can our immune system fight anthrax?

Vaccination: A vaccine for anthrax was available a while ago and was given to military personnel. For microbial diseases, vaccination is the best way to support the immune system to fight the infection. ...Read more

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How anthrax can cause respiratory attack?

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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What to do if do about inhalation anthrax?

Antibiotics: Anthrax is treated with antibiotics. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. ...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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What sort of problem is an anthrax infection?

A bad one: Anthrax infection is caused by the bacteria bacillus anthracis. It can cause troubles with your lungs and breathing, rashes, and gastrointestinal upset, among other symptoms. The concern nowadays is that it can be used as a weapon in spore form (e.g. Through the mail). Thankfully, it can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

Very dangerous: Inhalation anthrax death rate is estimated to be approximately 75% with treatment. Prior to development of aggressive treatments the death rate was more like 99%. ...Read more

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What causes the anthrax virus? Is there a cure?

Anthrax: It is caused by Bacillus anthracis. There are treatments available. ...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 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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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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Do you think that i could get anthrax from a skull i found?

What kind of skull?: No, you are not likely to get anthrax from a skull. If you suspect that the skull may be human, report it to the police immediately. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on do I have inhalation anthrax?

Can you give me suggestions on do I have inhalation anthrax?

Inhalational Anthrax: Symptoms of inhalational anthrax include: fever, sore throat, muscle pain ; fatigue which can evolve into respiratory problems or shock after a few days. However, please be aware that anthrax infections are rare in this country and are most likely to occur in someone who has higher risk job (such as woolsorters or people who work with animal hides or horns). Intentional bioterrorism w anthrax is. ...Read more

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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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