- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Anthrax
It is difficult to tell if you have been exposed. Anthrax is colorless and has no smell or taste. One case leads to fears that others in the same environment may have encountered the spores. Seek medical care if you suspect you have had contact with anthrax. Antibiotics may be able to prevent infection following exposure. To prevent anthrax, a vaccine exists. It requires multiple shots and is only partially effective. The vaccine is not recommended for the general population. It is routinely given to military personnel.
Strategies to prevent exposure to anthrax include:
- Avoid contact with infected animals or animal products.
- Do not touch fluid draining from an anthrax wound.
- Handle suspicious mail properly:
- Do not open mail from an unknown source.
- Do not shake packages.
- Do not smell or taste contents.
- Put the parcel down and immediately wash your hands with soap and warm water.
- Call local law enforcement.