Cutaneous anthrax

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Cutaneous anthrax

Cutaneous anthrax (Hide Porter’s Disease) is an anthrax infection on the skin. It is most commonly contracted when anthrax spores, specifically B. anthracis spores, enter the skin either through a cut or other openings. People who handle infected animals or contaminated animal products such as wool or hair are at the highest risk for developing cutaneous anthrax. Cutaneous anthrax usually takes 1-7 days to develop after skin exposure. Most often there is a concentrated dark black itchy center in the affected area surrounded by skin inflammation and blisters. Cutaneous anthrax infections usually do not cause pain and are rarely fatal if treated. The infection can be cured with antibiotics and affected individuals usually make a full recovery. The best preventative measure is to use caution when dealing with animals or animal products which may be contaminated with anthrax especially if you have any cuts or scrapes. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options available. See also Anthrax.

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The terms "Cutaneous anthrax" returned 50 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rates and risk factors for human cutaneous anthrax in the country of Georgia: National surveillance data, 2008-2015.
 

Author(s): Ana Kasradze, Diana Echeverria, Khatuna Zakhashvili, Christian Bautista, Nicholas Heyer, Paata Imnadze, Veriko Mitrskhulava

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Anthrax is endemic in the country of Georgia. The most common cutaneous anthrax form accounts for 95% of anthrax cases and often is self-resolving. Humans are infected from processing contaminated animal products, contacting sick animals, or by insect bites.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Diagnosis of cutaneous anthrax in resource-poor settings in West Arsi Province, Ethiopia.
 

Author(s): Ramón Pérez-Tanoira, Jose Manuel Ramos, Laura Prieto-Pérez, Abraham Tesfamariam, Seble Balcha, Gabre Tissiano, Alfonso Cabello, Juan Cuadros, Natalia Rodríguez-Valero, Pablo Barreiro, Francisco Reyes, Miguel Górgolas

Journal: Ann Agric Environ Med. 2017 Dec;24(4):712-715.

 

Cutaneous anthrax is a zoonotic disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which typically presents with ulcers after contact with animals or animal products, and is rarely seen in high-income countries but is common in those with low- and middle-incomes. Objective. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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An outbreak of cutaneous anthrax in Yunnan, China.
 

Author(s): Ying Huang, Yingrong Du, Yaling Wang, Ning Wang, Jinsong Bai, Haiyun Chen, Hua He, Jun Xu, Yan Wu, Yun Luo, Xiaolong Li, Guodong Liang

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The terms "Cutaneous anthrax" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Retrospective review of the case of cutaneous anthrax-malignant pustule from 1995 in 15-year old girl.
 

Author(s): Piotr Kajfasz, Michał Bartoszcze, Piotr Karol Borkowski, Wojciech Basiak

Journal: Przegl Epidemiol. 2014 ;68(4):657-9.

 

A 15-year-old girl was admitted to our Department with cutaneous lesion resembling black eschar. Anamnesis revealed that before getting ill she was wearing pullover made of rough sheep's wool and ornaments made of leather like straps. Cutaneous anthrax was confirmed by identification ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A review of cutaneous anthrax and its outcome.
 

Author(s): Mehmet Doganay, Gokhan Metan, Emine Alp

Journal: J Infect Public Health. 2010 ;3(3):98-105.

 

Anthrax is still an endemic disease in some countries in the world and has become a re-emerging disease in western countries with recent intentional outbreak. The aim of this study was to review our clinical experience with cutaneous anthrax cases. From the patient's files, transmission ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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A case of cutaneous anthrax.
 

Author(s): N Natori

Journal: Tohoku J. Exp. Med.. 1995 Jul;176(3):187-90.

 

A 63-year-old man developed black crusts on the parietal scalp that showed mixed infections of dermatophytes and Bacillus anthracis on culture. The lesions improved with bifonazole, griseofulvin and bacampicillin hydrochloride. Although cutaneous anthrax is now a very rare disease, ...

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