Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Anthrax is a sickness caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Although anthrax is mostly seen in livestock and wild game, humans can be affected too through contact with sick animals. Anthrax can be passed through open skin wounds, consuming the bacteria, or inhaling it. Symptoms vary from skin sores and nausea to shock. Anthrax can be treated with antibiotics, however inhalation of the bacteria is more serious and sometimes fatal. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with anthrax, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options available.

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