- If you inhale it, it attacks your lungs and respiratory system
- If you ingest it, it attacks your stomach and related organs
- Workers who are more exposed are people who handle animal products, Travelers, Mail handlers, military personnel, response workers
- If inhaled - Headache, fever, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, low blood pressure and respiratory failure that can lead to death within 24 hours even with treatment.
- If swallowed - Fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea develops and can lead to death. If the tonsils are affected, symptoms can include fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and respiratory distress.
- Anthrax can invade the human bloodstream, multiply and spread to many organs and kill quickly
- Anthrax vaccine is licensed for use in adults between the ages of 18 and 65, who are at high risk for exposure to anthrax bacteria. There is no anthrax vaccine licensed for use in children.
- Antibiotics: Doxycycline (Oracea), Levofloxacin (Levaquin), Ciprofloxacin by injection or by mouth (Cipro)