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How does anthrax affect the body?

The effects of anthrax may depend on how it is acquired—through the skin, lungs, or stomach. Symptoms may include blisters, bumps, or an ulcer (on the skin), fever, aches, sweats, and headache (through inhalation), nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and swollen neck glands (swallowing infected meat). There is overlap between these modes of contracting the illness and the symptoms as well. More serious signs include shock, bloody diarrhea, vomiting blood, difficulty breathing, and intestinal inflammation. In serious cases, anthrax can lead to inflammation of the areas surrounding the brain, and spinal cord, causing severe bleeding. This illness could also lead to death.

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Should I talk to my doctor about my anthrax symptoms?
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Does anthrax affect children differently than adults?
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with anthrax?
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How common is anthrax?
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