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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is a bacterial infection caused by Bacillus anthracis. Infection can occur due to Inhalation of anthrax while working with infected animals or animal products such as wool, hides, or hair, but it does not spread between humans. Anthrax can lead to multiple organ systems damage, inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, leading to massive bleeding and death.

Symptoms of anthrax

  • Blisters on the hands and/or feet

  • Scab

  • Skin Itching

  • Blisters

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Cough

  • Colorless or yellowish blisters

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for anthrax

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose anthrax

  • Do you have blisters on your hands and feet?

  • Do you have a scab?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

Treatment for anthrax

Starting treatment early with antibiotics for those who are infected would be effective. Vaccination for high risk groups is recommended.

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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