What You Should
Know About Anthrax
The Delaware Division of Public Health released the following information about the various forms of anthrax on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001.
- Anthrax most commonly occurs in warm-blooded animals in agricultural areas. Rare in humans, it can still be fatal if untreated.
- Cutaneous Anthrax -- The skin form of the virus. Bacteria enters a cut or scratch on the skin and resembles a raised, itchy bump. The bump becomes a blister after oen or two days. It then becomes a scab with a black, dry area. Lymph glands in the area may swell. Death is rare when treated.
- Inhalation Anthrax -- The breathing form of the virus. Within the first week of exposure, symptoms will be similar to a common cold, including fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. They may progress to severe breathing problems. Can be fatal.
- Intestinal Anthrax -- The ingested form of the virus. After eating contaminated meat, with signs including nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting and fever. Abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting of blood follow.
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