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Doctor insights on: Mortality Rate For Gastrointestinal Anthrax

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Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Yes: Mortality rate for untreated cutaneous anthrax is 10 -20 percent but less than 1% with correct antibiotic tx. The mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is around 75% (50 - 90 %) even with antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for gastrointestinal anthrax is about 50 % (25 -60%). Effect of early antibiotic tx is uncertain for gi. Meningitis due to anthrax is just about 100% fatal. ...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 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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How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

Tissue death: Once the inhaled anthrax spores germinate in the lungs they release toxins. This causes both bleeding & swelling which ultimately leads to tissue death. Death rate is around 99% untreated and up to 75% when treated. ...Read more

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Do I have inhalation anthrax? I was on webmd symptom checker it says I have it I have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath

Probably not: Unless you work with infected animals or animal products (hair, wool, hides) or are a target for bioterrorism you are unlikely to be exposed to anthrax spores. Chronic bronchitis from smoking more common. See your md for testing if concerned. ...Read more

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Can breathing in dog urine for an extended period of time cause gastrointestinal issues?

Can breathing in dog urine for an extended period of time cause gastrointestinal issues?

Not Likely: Not likely, but I would suggest removing yourself from a place/environment where you are exposed to dog urine for extended periods of time. If you can't then I would suggest getting it cleaned up professionally or cleaning it up yourself. ...Read more

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Benefits of slipper elm bark for gastrointestinal issues? Burning/pressure discomfort in upper left abs, nausea, shortness of breath sometimes.

Benefits of slipper elm bark for gastrointestinal issues? Burning/pressure discomfort in upper left abs, nausea, shortness of breath sometimes.

Get a diagnosis: I'm concerned you have a serious reflux problem and may even be aspiration which might be why you're short of breath. Don't cover it up with a "pop" remedy that's 1000 years old and probably won't work. ...Read more

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I always do have mild headache and bad breath whereas my stomach is ok as my gastrointestinal doctor told me and I don have dental problem.

I always do have mild headache and bad breath whereas my stomach is ok as my gastrointestinal doctor told me and I don have dental problem.

Bad breath: Causes include infected teeth and/or gums, failure to clean between teeth, failure to clean tongue, infected tonsils and/or adenoids, infected sinuses, odor producing foods, medications or supplements, or some systemic diseases. Please consult wit both a Periodontist and an Ear/Nose/Throat Specialist to begin with. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...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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