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Anthrax Vaccine

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by Kohnle D
 

What Is Anthrax?

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by a 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/vaccines

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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