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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Contact with spores

Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax.
Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax.

In brief: Contact with spores

Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax.
Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Not human to human

B. Anthracis can be breathed in to the body through the nose in spore form. The spores can also be swallowed.
Additionally it can enter through the skin (i.e., a cut). It moves into the blood stream. It multiplies and spreads through the lymphatics into many organ systems. It is not contagious like the flu.

In brief: Not human to human

B. Anthracis can be breathed in to the body through the nose in spore form. The spores can also be swallowed.
Additionally it can enter through the skin (i.e., a cut). It moves into the blood stream. It multiplies and spreads through the lymphatics into many organ systems. It is not contagious like the flu.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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