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Is anthrax severe?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Louis Cooper
True anthrax is an emergency and needs to be evaluated and reported to the Center for Disease Control now! Please talk to your hospital or emergency room now.
Dr. Frank Amico
Internal Medicine

In brief: Possible

Anthrax can be severe.
If you think you have been exposed see a physician.

In brief: Possible

Anthrax can be severe.
If you think you have been exposed see a physician.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes

Fatality is greatest for pulmonary anthrax & least for cutaneous with GI lying in the middle.
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%). Anthrax memingitis - 100%.

In brief: Yes

Fatality is greatest for pulmonary anthrax & least for cutaneous with GI lying in the middle.
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%). Anthrax memingitis - 100%.
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