Agency Clears Anthrax Test

Helps doctors confirm infection

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a test to help doctors determine if someone has been infected by anthrax.

Tetracore Inc's Redline Alert test takes about 15 minutes and is meant to distinguish the anthrax-causing Bacillus anthracis bacterium from other germs. While a positive result probably means anthrax infection, a negative result does not rule out anthrax, since in rare cases the organism is able to avoid detection, the FDA said in a statement.

The agency said it cleared the test after trials on 145 samples of anthrax from around the world. The test correctly gave a positive result on 143 of these samples.

For more information about anthrax, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

--

Last Updated: