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Anthrax Vaccine

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by Kohnle D
 

What Is Anthrax?

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by specific bacteria. It can occur in humans when they have been exposed to contaminated animals or tissue from these animals.
Different types of anthrax infections can occur. These include:
  • Skin infection causing:
    • Skin ulcers
    • Fever
    • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal infection causing:
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Sore throat
    • Abdominal pain and swelling
    • Swollen lymph glands
  • Inhaled infection—this is the most serious form and can cause:
    • Sore throat
    • Fever
    • Muscle aches
    • Breathing problems
    • Shock
    • Brain inflammation
Anthrax is treated with antibiotics. All forms of anthrax can be fatal, especially if not treated.
 


WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Vaccine and Immunizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int

 

References


Anthrax. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/anthrax/. Updated July 17, 2009. Accessed August 29, 2013.


Anthrax. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated January 15, 2013. Accessed August 29, 2013.


Anthrax. Food and Drug Administration website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm063485.htm. Updated March 18, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2013.


Anthrax vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/anthrax.pdf. Updated March 10, 2010. Accessed August 29, 2013.

 

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