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  • Anthrax is an infection caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis

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  • It can occur in four forms: skin, inhalation, intestinal, and injection
  • Symptoms begin between one day and two months after the infection is contracted
  • The skin form presents with a small blister with surrounding swelling that often turns into a painless ulcer with a black center
  • The inhalation form presents with fever, chest pain, and shortness of breath
  • The intestinal form presents with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • The injection form presents with fever and an abscess at the site of drug injection
  • Anthrax is spread by contact with the spores of the bacteria, which are often from infectious animal products
  • Contact is by breathing, eating, or through an area of broken skin
  • It does not typically spread directly between people
  • Risk factors include people who work with animals or animal products, travelers, postal workers, and military personnel

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