|When America sneezes the world catches a cold. Little wonder
then, when the mighty US of A runs scared of Anthrax the rest
of the world follows. "But anthrax is not something new
and unheard of," says the city-based homeopath Dr.K Mukherjee.
"Though a contagious disease there is no need to panic.
Anthrax is not something that has no cure and cannot be prevented,"
says the doctor giving the lowdownon anthrax.
Anthrax is caused by bacillus anthracis which is deep down
in the soild and is brought to the surface mostly by earthworms.
The incubation period of anthrax is from a few hours to three
days. Usually, there are two forms of the disease: external
External anthrax appears on parts of body that are uncovered.
It begins with a reddish pupule accompanied by itching and
burning. Internal anthrax occurs due to ingestion or inhalation
of the bacillus. When the initial lesion occurs, there are
symptoms of acute poisoning, vomiting, and diarrhoea, etc.
Internal anthrax is always fatal.
So what can one do? "As prevention infected animals
(the usual carriers of the disease) should be cremated. Utensils
and clothes should be washed. Any cut or wound should be treated.
"And as a curative as well as preventive one can take
Anthraxinum-200 four pills (morning) for seven consecutive
days along with Ipecae-30 four pills in the afternoon for
10 consecutive days," advises Dr. Mukherjee.