Cipro Drug Used To Treat Anthrax : Hot Commodity

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, October 16, 2001 - 02:13 PM
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With the recent anthrax scares occurring across the country, the newest concern is how to deal with treating it if infected. Large amounts of antibiotics and vaccines are being stockpiled by health agencies and The Center for Disease Control if in an emergency does occur, one of the leading antibiotics used to treat anthrax is Cipro. However many people seem to choose Cipro as their drug of choice. Cipro is also prescribed to people for infections, sinusitis and even chronic urinary tract infections. Cipro, for a ten day supply runs anywhere from $90 to $100. The treatments for anthrax often run a lot longer than ten days. Only individuals who have had apparent exposure to anthrax would be issued Cipro. However health professionals are discouraging anthrax-panickers from hoarding Cipro. And The Center for Disease control has issued alerts to health professionals to watch for symptoms of unusual illnesses because of the recent scares. The bad effects are that the more strong antibiotics, like Cipro that are used inappropriately is that bacteria develops resistance and the bacteria will not be killed by the antibiotic. An attack would not be readily apparent and initial symptoms may develop and show up in a few people at first. Symptoms are usually described as flu-like or resemble pneumonia.
Doctors have been encouraged to keep their eyes open for similar symptoms in large groups of people, they are to then notify The Center for Disease Control immediately. Officials say there are no reported cases in the area at this time.

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