How is anthrax diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anthrax may be diagnosed using a variety of methods. Doctors may perform a blood test to see if anthrax bacteria are found. Doctors may also collect a stool sample to check for the presences of anthrax bacteria.

Other methods of diagnosing anthrax include, using a chest x-ray if inhalation anthrax is suspected, and performing a skin biopsy to test for cutaneous anthrax.

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