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Anthrax

Clinical Description:

An illness with acute onset characterized by several distinct clinical forms, including the following:
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Cutaneous: a skin lesion evolving during a period of 2-6 days from a papule, through a vesicular stage, to a depressed black eschar

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Inhalation: a brief prodrome resembling a viral respiratory illness, followed by development of hypoxia and dyspnea, with radiographic evidence of mediastinal widening

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Intestinal: severe abdominal distress followed by fever and signs of septicemia

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Oropharyngeal: mucosal lesion in the oral cavity or oropharynx, cervical adenopathy and edema, and fever

Laboratory criteria for diagnosis of Anthrax
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Isolation of Bacillus anthracis from a clinical specimen, or

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Anthrax electrophoretic immunotransblot (EITB) reaction to the protective antigen and/or lethal factor bands in one or more serum samples obtained after onset of symptoms, or

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Demonstration of B. anthracis in a clinical specimen by immunofluorescence

Source: Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health

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