How is anthrax diagnosed?

Anthrax is definitively diagnosed by isolating the bacterium, Bacillus anthracis, from the blood, skin lesions, or cerebrospinal fluid.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/17/2017.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anthrax Accessed 1/13/2017.
  • Medline Plus—U.S. National Library of Medicine. Anthrax Accessed 1/13/2017.

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