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What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

Depends on the type.: Patients with cutaneous anthrax can be treated as outpatients w/ doxycycline. However, inhalational anthrax is a very serious condition that requires hospitalization because of its high mortality rate. Patients will require IV antibiotics. They may also need support of heart and lung function due to the detrimental effects of the anthrax toxin on the body. Inhalation anthrax=possible bioterrorism. ...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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Why are doctors and health care workers not forced to be quarantined after caring for ebola stricken patients? It should be part of their duty I think

Why are doctors and health care workers not forced to be quarantined after caring for ebola stricken patients? It should be part of their duty I think

Because: Ebola can only be transmitted by a person if they have active symptoms of disease / fever. However, if the person wore contaminated clothing / was contaminated - the virus can remain alive for a brief period in ambient conditions. But isolation of medical staff who are clean is not required if asymptomatic. However, Ebola contacts should be monitored for 21 days after last contact. ...Read more

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Other then quarantine a patient, what are other treatments for someone infected with sars?

Other then quarantine a patient, what are other treatments for someone infected with sars?

See below: Sars was an explosive outbreak of adult respiratory distress syndrome that started in hong kong in 2003. Within weeks of the outbreak it was determined that sars was caused by a novel coronavirus. There is no cure for sars it is treated by supportive measures. Corticosteroids, Alpha interferon and lopinavir/ritonavir have been used. ...Read more

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For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?

For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?

Not long: It is rare to keep all contacts limited on patients just receiving radiation alone. With chemo or in transplant patients that is different story. Radiation is local treatment and rarely suppresses immune system so low by itself that requires quarantine. Follow up of blood work, keeping sick contact to minimum is a good course of action. Consult your doctor. ...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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