Anthrax - inhalation
There are usually two stages of inhalation anthrax:
- Stage one can last from hours to a few days. Symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu, and can include fever, chills, sweating, fatigue,
malaise, headache, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
- Stage two often develops suddenly. Symptoms include fever, severe shortness of breath, and shock.
This list of symptoms is based on a relatively small number of people who have had inhalation anthrax. Additional symptoms may occur.
Signs and tests
Tests may include:
Blood cultures Chest x-rayor CT scan of the chest
- Sputum cultures
Initial chest x-rays are likely to show abnormalities such as fluid surrounding the lungs or an abnormally wide space between the lungs.
Fluid or blood samples may be sent to a special laboratory for more testing, including PCR, immunofluorescence, and immunohistochemistry.