Bacillus anthracis
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- If you get anthrax from touching someone, it affects your skin

- If you inhale it, it attacks your lungs and respiratory system

- If you ingest it, it attacks your stomach and related organs


- Anyone who has come in contact with Anthrax is at risk

- Workers who are more exposed are people who handle animal products, Travelers, Mail handlers, military personnel, response workers


- Through Skin - Formation of a small, red skin lesion(s) that becomes swollen, larger and blackened over a week’s time. High fever and rapid death follows.
- 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 is most common in agricultural regions of Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, central and southwestern Asia, southern and eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Anthrax is rare in the United States, but sporadic outbreaks do occur in wild and domestic grazing animals such as cattle or deer.


- Wear gloves, don't bring things from your workplace

- 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)