Laboratory Confirmation of diagnosis should be performed by the State Department of Health (DOH) Public Health Laboratory
Appropriate clinical samples for testing at DOH include: blood (most important); pleural fluid and CSF may be helpful
Transport and packaging of clinical specimens must be coordinated with local and Statehealth departments
DOH has the capacity to report some preliminary results within 2 to 4 hours
http://ideha.dhmh.md.gov/IDEHASharedDocuments/Anthrax.pdf accessed May 16, 2011.