No need to panic! It Turns Out This Is How Anthrax is Transmitted, Not Transmitted from Human to Human!
BONSERNEWS.com – The case of anthrax that spread in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, caused unrest among the Indonesian people. Will there be an anthrax pandemic like the Covid-19 pandemic?
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How is anthrax transmitted?
A person will be infected with anthrax when the spores enter the body.
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When this happens, the spores can become active and become anthrax bacteria. Then these bacteria can multiply, spread in the body, produce toxins (poisons), and cause severe disease.
People get anthrax through:
– Inhaling anthrax spores
– Eating food or drinking water contaminated with spores, for example eating the meat of animals that have consumed anthrax, or
– Exposure to anthrax spores in cuts or scrapes on the skin.
Anthrax is not contagious
You don’t need to worry about the spread of anthrax or the possibility of an anthrax pandemic.
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According to the United States CDC, anthrax is not contagious.
You won’t catch anthrax from someone else the way you catch a cold or the flu.
In rare cases, human-to-human transmission occurs only in cases of cutaneous anthrax, where discharge from skin lesions may be infectious.
Activities that can increase the likelihood of getting anthrax
There are several activities that can increase the risk of getting anthrax, including:
– Working with infected animals or animal products,
– Shearing wool from sheep exposed to anthrax spores. Most people who contract anthrax are exposed while working with infected animals or animal products such as wool, hides, or hair.
– Handling anthrax cases directly
Inhalation anthrax can occur when a person inhales airborne spores (aerosols) during industrial processing of contaminated materials, such as wool, skin, or hair.
Meanwhile, skin anthrax can occur when workers who handle contaminated animal products get spores in cuts or scratches on their skin.