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First Easy-to-Use Anthrax Test Approved

Results available in about an hour

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to the first easy-to-use laboratory blood test for anthrax.

The test, funded the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and produced by the Immunetics Inc. of Boston, detects antibodies to anthrax in order to assess whether a person is infected with anthrax.

The Anthrax Quick ELISA test can be completed in about an hour, compared to about four hours for previous methods of testing for anthrax, the CDC said.

The new test will be available soon for use in state and private laboratories.

To learn more about anthrax, visit the CDC.

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