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Symptoms of Anthrax

Symptoms of Anthrax

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Anthrax includes the 33 symptoms listed below:

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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)

Anthrax as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

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Anthrax: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Anthrax: Usually within 7 days of exposure.

Incubation period for Anthrax: Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but usually occur within 7 days after exposure. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

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