Anthrax is usually contracted through contact with animals or animal hides that harbor the anthrax bacterium. The cutaneous form is acquired through a break in the skin and may spread through the bloodstream, causing shock and collapse. Early and aggressive treatment with antibiotics is effective.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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