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Facts About Anthrax

Anthrax ...

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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