What are some common symptoms of anthrax infection?
Anthrax infection is serious and can cause grave medical problems. Keep in mind that anthrax infection is extremely rare. Symptoms are different depending on the type of anthrax infection present. Skin infection: This type of anthrax is contracted when the bacteria come into contact with a cut or abrasion on the skin. Symptoms usually develop within 1 to 2 days of contact with the anthrax. There may be swelling at the site of contact and a papule (a small solid bump on the skin) might develop. This bump may get bigger and turn into a round open sore. This can be followed by the appearance of small fluid filled blisters that ooze a clear fluid that contains the anthrax bacteria. This turns into a painless open sore that has a black dry scab in the center. This scab will dry out and fall off within a few weeks. Other symptoms that are not visible are a general sick feeling (malaise), low-grade fever and swelling of the lymph glands near the wound. This most common type of infection is hi