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How does anthrax affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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