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Gastrointestinal Anthrax

Anthrax Gastrointestinal Infection diagram

When a person eats raw or undercooked meat from an animal infected with anthrax, they can develop gastrointestinal anthrax. Once ingested, anthrax spores can affect the upper gastrointestinal tract (throat and esophagus), stomach, and intestines.

Gastrointestinal anthrax has rarely been reported in the United States. Infection usually develops from 1 to 7 days after exposure. Without treatment, more than half of patients with gastrointestinal anthrax die. However, with proper treatment, 60% of patients survive.

  • To learn more on how people get infected with gastrointestinal anthrax, go to How People Are Infected.
  • To learn more about the symptoms of gastrointestinal anthrax, go to Symptoms.
 
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