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How deadly is anthrax?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Variable

Mortality rate for untreated cutaneous anthrax is 10 -20 % 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 anthrax. Meningitis due to anthrax is just about 100% fatal.

In brief: Variable

Mortality rate for untreated cutaneous anthrax is 10 -20 % 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 anthrax. Meningitis due to anthrax is just about 100% fatal.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: Very.

Especially if you inhale the spores.
The skin lesions (called "malignant pustules") are not quite as dangerous, but still nothing you want to ever be anywhere near.

In brief: Very.

Especially if you inhale the spores.
The skin lesions (called "malignant pustules") are not quite as dangerous, but still nothing you want to ever be anywhere near.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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