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Diagnostic Tests for Anthrax

Anthrax: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Anthrax includes:

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These home medical tests may be relevant to Anthrax:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Anthrax:

Anthrax General: DBMD (Excerpt)

Anthrax is diagnosed by isolating B. anthracis from the blood, skin lesions, or respiratory secretions or by measuring specific antibodies in the blood of persons with suspected cases. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax General: DBMD)

Anthrax: NWHIC (Excerpt)

A person can be exposed to anthrax by coming into contact with anthrax bacteria. However, a person can be exposed without getting the disease. Actual anthrax disease occurs when there is some sign of illness, such as the skin lesion that occurs with cutaneous anthrax. A person who is exposed to anthrax spores but given appropriate antibiotics can avoid getting anthrax. Anthrax is not a contagious disease and cannot be passed from person to person. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

Anthrax: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Currently used tests for anthrax in an individual can only confirm an infection, not exposure without infection. The only way exposure can be determined is through a public health investigation. The tests that you hear or read about, such as nasal swabs and environmental tests, are not tests to determine whether an individual should be treated. These kinds of tests are used only to determine the extent of exposure in a given building or workplace and are not reliable in determining if an individual has been exposed to anthrax. When an investigation shows that exposure may have occurred, prophylactic (preventive) therapy with antibiotics is provided to those persons. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

Anthrax: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Anthrax is diagnosed by isolating the anthrax bacteria from the blood, skin lesions, or respiratory secretions or by measuring specific antibodies in the blood of persons with suspected cases. (Source: excerpt from Anthrax: NWHIC)

 

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