Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
To contract anthrax, you must come in direct contact with anthrax spores. This is more likely if you:
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- Are in the military and deployed to an area with a high risk of exposure to anthrax
- Work with anthrax in a laboratory setting
- Handle animal skins, furs or wool from areas with a high incidence of anthrax
- Work in veterinary medicine, especially if you deal with livestock
- Handle or dress game animals — in the United States, seasonal outbreaks of anthrax are common among livestock and game animals, such as deer
- Inject illegal drugs, such as heroin
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