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What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of anthrax vary, depending on how the illness was contracted. If anthrax bacteria entered through a cut, then a lump on the skin similar to an insect bite is the main symptom. The lump will become a sore characterized by a blackened center. This is known as cutaneous anthrax.

Inhalation anthrax has symptoms similar to a cold or flu. A person with inhalation anthrax may experience a sore throat, and fever.

Intestinal anthrax, which is contracted from eating infected meat, may result in stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

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