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J Emerg Med. 2003 Oct;25(3):271-6.

Lymphocytic vasculitis associated with the anthrax vaccine: case report and review of anthrax vaccination.

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Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Medical College of Virginia, 401 N. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298-0401, USA.


Anthrax is caused by the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracis. It occurs naturally, but recently has been manufactured as a biological warfare agent. This makes prophylaxis for anthrax an urgent concern and efforts are ongoing for the production of an efficient and safe vaccine. Side effects to the current anthrax vaccine are usually minor and mainly consist of local skin reactions. Occasionally an unusual complication may occur; a case of a patient with lymphocytic vasculitis temporally associated with the anthrax vaccine is reported.

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