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How to prevent anthrax?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Oct 29, 2020

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K. Keturah

K. Keturah

K. Keturah
K. Keturah

Answered Apr 01, 2020


Anthrax is an infectious disease that creates bacteria. This bacteria creates toxins that affects the heart and blood stream. Anthrax can be obtained by coming in direct or indirect contact with an animal that has the disease. There are many ways to prevent anthrax. The main way is to use antibiotics.

When a person becomes infected, it can take about 6 days before they show symptoms. If they know they have been exposed to anthrax, they need to take antibiotics. If now, once they show symptoms they should take them. The most used antibiotics to treat anthrax are doxycycline and Ciprofloxacin.

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E. Reyes

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

There are different ways by which anthrax can be prevented; the common way is the use of antibiotics. Although people don't easily contact the disease, they can become infected when they have indirect or direct contact with an animal that already has the disease.

Once an individual is infected, it usually takes about a period of 6 days before an infected person begins to show symptoms. If someone has been exposed to the disease, such a person needs to take any commonly used antibiotics. Researchers have shown that it will take a period of 6 days before anthrax spores can become activated in the body.

Although anthrax spores can take about 60 days before they become activated in the body, and that is why infected people are usually advised to take any recommended antibiotics for a period of 60 days. The two most commonly used antibiotics for the prevention of anthrax are Ciprofloxacin and doxycycline.

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