Gastrointestinal anthrax is a rare but serious bacterial disease. It is one of the three main types of anthrax. A person can acquire it from eating meat contaminated with Bacillus anthracis bacteria or their spores. Antibiotics and supportive treatment can sometimes cure the disease; however, it results in death in 25 to 60 percent of cases.
What Is Gastrointestinal Anthrax?
Gastrointestinal anthrax is one of the three main types of anthrax, a serious bacterial disease. The other major types of anthrax are:
Cutaneous (skin) anthrax
People can acquire gastrointestinal anthrax from eating meat contaminated with Bacillus anthracis bacteria or their spores.
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal AnthraxGastrointestinal anthrax symptoms can include:
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Bloody diarrhea
- Vomiting blood.