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:

  1. Fever (temperature greater than 100 degrees F). The fever may be accompanied by chills or night sweats.
  2. Flu-like symptoms.
  3. Cough, usually a non-productive cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches
  4. Sore throat, followed by difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal distress, vomiting, or diarrhea
  5. 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