Anthrax Exposure Signs

What are the signs and symptoms of exposure to anthrax?
The symptoms (warning signs) of anthrax are different depending on the type of the disease:
  • Cutaneous: The first symptom is a small sore that develops into a blister. The blister then develops into a skin ulcer with a black area in the center. The sore, blister and ulcer do not hurt.
  • Gastrointestinal: The first symptoms are:
    1. Nausea
    2. Loss of appetite
    3. Bloody diarrhea
    4. Fever
    5. Bad stomach pain
  • Inhalation: The first symptoms of inhalation anthrax are like cold or flu symptoms and can include a sore throat, mild fever and muscle aches.
  • Later symptoms include:
    • Chest discomfort
    • Cough
    • Muscle aches
    • Shortness of breath
    • Tiredness
Caution: Do not assume that just because a person has cold or flu symptoms that they have inhalation anthrax.