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Posted on Fri, 3 Jun 2016 in Infections
Question: If I have ingested anthrax . What symptoms will I have? If I do have those symptoms what should I do?
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Seek urgent medical care to confirm diagnosis in case of suspected symptoms

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing in.

I have read through your query in detail.
Please find my obnservations below.

1. Anthrax is caused by a bacteria called Bacillus anthracis. This bacteria forms spores and the infection caused by it can get serious. The usual natural route of anthrax in humans is through close contact with infected animals.

2. Anthrax infect causes symptoms depending on the route of entry. Anthrax which is from ingestion of infected meat can cause following symptoms

(i) Fever and chills, swelling of neck lymph nodes
(ii) Sore throat, painful swallowing, hoarseness, nausea and likely blood vomiting.
(iii) Diarrhea can occur with blood.
(iv) It can cause headache, flushing and red eyes.
(v) There can be abdomen pain, bloating and fainting.

There are other symptoms of anthrax which occur when the bacteria enters through skin (cutaneous anthrax), lung (inhalation anthrax) and injection anthrax.

3. Anthrax is a rare infection and out breaks usually happen in endemic areas of Asia and XXXXXXX and ifection is spread by eating meat distributed in the community. Anthrax symptoms should be discussed with your doctor urgently for early confirmation and diagnosis.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
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