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October 5, 1918


Author Affiliations

(Philadelphia) Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army; (Washington, D. C.) Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army CAMP HANCOCK, AUGUSTA, GA.

JAMA. 1918;71(14):1133-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020400001010

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The possibility of the appearance of the skin manifestations of anthrax from time to time is admitted, and the necessity of having a clear idea of the classic picture of an anthrax pustule is therefore apparent.

In reporting three cases of anthrax occurring in this camp within four weeks, we hope to impress on the reader the distinguishing points in diagnosis, and the necessity for early treatment.

Anthrax is definable as a specific and highly contagious disease due to Bacillus anthracis.

Fortunately the organism never enters the unbroken skin, but gains entrance at the site of an abrasion. Any commercial animal product—hide, hair or wool— and the articles manufactured therefrom afford the source of contagion.

SYMPTOMS  The usual appearance of the skin manifestations of anthrax is as follows:Following a period of incubation varying from one to five days, a small red papule appears at the site of abrasion, with

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