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Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Symptoms of disease vary depending on how the disease was contracted, but usually occur within seven days of exposure. It is important for people to know that there is no screening test available for the detection of anthrax infection in a person without symptoms.

To date, none of the samples submitted to the Michigan Department of Community Health laboratory has tested positive for any biologic agent, and no one in Michigan has been diagnosed with any form of anthrax infection.

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