Health Advisory
Gastrointestinal Anthrax Case: New Hampshire

To: Vermont Health Care Providers; Hospitals
From: Susan Schoenfeld RN, MSPH, Deputy State Epidemiologist
Date: December 30, 2009

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Naturally occurring anthrax infection in humans can present as inhalational anthrax, cutaneous anthrax, or gastrointestinal anthrax.

a. Gastrointestinal anthrax (rare) is caused by ingestion of undercooked meat from infected ruminants (cattle, sheep, goat, deer). There is no evidence of transmission from milk. Inhalation of B.anthracis spores with subsequent ingestion is possible.

b. Cutaneous anthrax

c. Inhalational Anthrax

Diagnostic Testing

Treatment/Preventive therapy:

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