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Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002

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Evaluation and Validation of a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for Rapid Identification of Bacillus anthracis Supplement

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Table 2

Laboratory methods used for confirmation of seven cutaneous anthrax casesa,b

Patient no. Laboratory confirmation
1
Chest biopsy IHC, serology
2
Arm biopsy IHC and PCR, serology
3
Arm biopsy IHC, serum PCR
4
Face biopsy IHC, serology
5
Blood culture
6
Forehead biopsy IHC and PCR
7 Face biopsy culture

aAll initial isolation of Bacillus anthracis from clinical specimens took place at the local health facility where the patients were treated.
bIHC, immunohistochemical stain; PCR, polymerase chain reaction.

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