Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It can occur in three forms: cutaneous (skin), inhalation, and gastrointestinal. These symptoms can occur within 7 days of infection:
- Fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees F). The fever may be accompanied by chills or night sweats.
- Flu-like symptoms.
- Cough, usually a non-productive cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches
- Sore throat, followed by difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal distress, vomiting, or diarrhea
- A sore, especially on your face, arms or hands, that starts as a raised bump and develops into a painless ulcer with a black area in the center