What are the symptoms of inhalational anthrax infection?
Inhalational anthrax infection is the most serious. Inhalational anthrax causes death more often than other kinds of anthrax infection. Symptoms may begin between 1 and 6 days after contact. The spores are inhaled and become active. The bacteria then produces toxins. These toxins cause bleeding and damage to the inside of the chest and the lungs. Early symptoms of inhalation anthrax include: • Chest pain. • Cough. • Fever. • Headache. • Muscle aches. Later symptoms of inhalational anthrax include: • Confusion. • Continued fever. • Dizziness. • Stiff neck. • Trouble breathing. • Unable to stay awake. • Weakness.