Anthrax: A Medical Guide

A Medical Guide

Spores carrying the disease find their way into the body most often through the lungs or breaks in the skin

HOW IT IS MOST OFTEN CONTRACTED

INHALATION

--INCUBATION It generally takes two to five days for symptoms to appear, though in some cases, spores lodged in the lungs may take up to 60 days to germinate.

--SYMPTOMS Initially, very similar to those of the flu--fever, muscle aches, nausea and cough. After several days, as the immune system tries but fails to rid the body of the bacteria, more severe signs appear, including difficulty breathing, high fever and shock.

FATALITY RATE (if...

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