Should I talk to my doctor about my anthrax symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
You should definitely talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms that may be an indication of anthrax, especially if you have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the disease. It can be hard to tell if you have anthrax symptoms; some are similar to the flu. Other symptoms, such as stomach pain and vomiting, could be mistaken for food poisoning. A blister on the skin that forms a black scab could be mistaken for a more mild infection. Since anthrax can be life threatening, it is important to talk to your doctor. Getting a proper diagnosis of the disease is the first step towards getting appropriate treatment. And health officials who track anthrax exposures will need to know to prevent further infections.

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