What are the symptoms of anthrax?
  • Cutaneous: About 95% of anthrax infections occur when the bacterium enters a cut or abraison on the skin, such as when handling contaminated wool, hides, leather, or hair products of infected animals.

  • Inhalation: Initial symptoms may resemble a common cold, but lead to severe breathing problems and shock after several days.

  • Intestinal: This form of anthrax may follow the consumption of contaminated meat and is characterized by an acute inflammation of the intestinal tract.

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1. What is anthrax?
2. How common is anthrax and who can get it?
3. How is anthrax transmitted?
4. What are the symptoms of anthrax?
5. Where is anthrax usually found?
6. Can anthrax be spread from person to person?
7. Is there a treatment for anthrax?
8. Is there a way to prevent infection?
9. What is anthrax vaccine?
10. Who should get vaccinated against anthrax?
11. Should my doctor prescribe preventative antibiotics against anthrax or other bioterrorist threat diseases?
12. What should I do if I think I have been exposed to anthrax?