What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Symptoms of anthrax occur anywhere from a few hours to seven days after exposure. They vary depending on the type of exposure.

If inhaled, a person shows flu-like symptoms: fever, aches, fatigue, nonproductive cough, chest discomfort, breathing difficulties, sweating, and blue lips and extremities.

If eaten, a person experiences nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting of blood, and severe diarrhea.

If exposed on the skin, a person experiences itching, depressed black scars, redness, and swelling.
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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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