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How is anthrax diagnosed?

Asked by C. Gray, Last updated: Jul 16, 2020

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P. Micah

P. Micah

P. Micah
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Answered Apr 01, 2020

There are a number of ways that anthrax can be diagnosed. A doctor has the ability to diagnose the infection. Based on the symptoms that come with the infection, such as fever, nausea, and pain in the abdomen, the doctor may first administer a flu test.

If this test comes back negative, then more tests will be conducted. One of those includes a skin testing blood test, which can take a sample of blood or cell tissue. Another test is a stool test, which will take a sample of a persons stool. Then there are CT scans, which can diagnose inhalation anthrax infections.

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Answered Mar 22, 2020

Anthrax can be diagnosed in different ways. When you meet a doctor, a series of tests are most likely to be conducted; this is because there are so many other diseases that have symptoms similar to that of anthrax. For example, a flu test may be conducted to ascertain the nature of the disease. And if the result is negative, more anthrax tests might be conducted.

Skin testing blood test, Stool testing, and Chest X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan, are the various tests that are more likely to be conducted. Skin testing entails the process of getting a small tissue sample that will be tested for signs of cutaneous anthrax. A blood test can also be conducted to check if there is any bacterial infection in the blood.

A chest X-ray or computerized tomography (CT) scan is usually used to diagnose inhalation anthrax. However, if any of these produces a positive result, then the doctor might prescribe a particular antibiotic that must be taken for a period of 60 days.

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