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Signs of Anthrax

Symptoms of Anthrax

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anthrax may include:

Note that Anthrax symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Anthrax signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Anthrax:

Anthrax General: DBMD (Excerpt)

Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but symptoms usually occur within 7 days.

Cutaneous: Most (about 95%) anthrax infections occur when the bacterium enters a cut or abrasion on the skin, such as when handling contaminated wool, hides, leather or hair products (especially goat hair) of infected animals. Skin infection begins as a raised itchy bump that resembles an insect bite but within 1-2 days develops into a vesicle and then a painless ulcer, usually 1-3 cm in diameter, with a characteristic black necrotic (dying) area in the center. Lymph glands in the adjacent area may swell. About 20% of untreated cases of cutaneous anthrax will result in death. Deaths are rare with appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

Inhalation: Initial symptoms may resemble a common cold. After several days, the symptoms may progress to severe breathing problems and shock. Inhalation anthrax is usually fatal.

Intestinal: The intestinal disease form of anthrax may follow the consumption of contaminated meat and is characterized by an acute inflammation of the intestinal tract. Initial signs of nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever are followed by abdominal pain, vomiting of blood, and severe diarrhea. Intestinal anthrax results in death in 25% to 60% of cases. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax General: DBMD)

Anthrax: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Persons should watch for the following symptoms:

  • Fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees F)
  • Flu-like symptoms (cough, fatigue, muscle aches), nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A sore, especially on your face, arms or hands.
(Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

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What are the signs of Anthrax?

The phrase "signs of Anthrax" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Anthrax that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Anthrax" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Anthrax.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Anthrax. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Anthrax has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Anthrax signs or Anthrax symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Anthrax may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Anthrax symptoms.


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