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Parasitology - Blood Parasites

Updated

12/2/2016

Other Names Malaria; Plasmodium vivax; P. ovale; P. falciparum; P. malariae; Babesia; Filariasis; Microfilariasis; Microfilariae; Chagas Disease; Trypanosoma; Borrelia recurrentis; Relapsing Fever
How to Order
Check the appropriate box, under PARASITOLOGY, on the General Microbiology Request Form. Include all travel history on request form.
Availability
All clients
Methodology
Standard reference procedures for blood parasite screening and organism identification including examination of thin and thick blood smears.
Performed
Daily on regular business days
Time to Reporting
1 to 3 working days after receipt of specimen
CPT Code
87207


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
Stained blood smear slides made within 2 hours of collection preferred. Also send EDTA tube, if available. 
Optimal Volume
Several slides preferred
Minimum Volume
One slide
Handling
Store slides at room temperature pending transport.
Transport
Transport at room temperature. Package slides to prevent breakage.
Rejection Criteria
Specimens are subject to the requirements of the OSPHL Specimen Submission Policy and Criteria, available at: http://bit.ly/SpecimenCriteria.
Comments
The EDTA tube may be referred to the CDC for PCR testing as needed for definitive identification.
 
If the slides cannot be made within 2 hours of collection, indicate the amount of time from specimen collection to slide collection on the test request form. Unstained slides may be submitted if available.
 
For addition information or assistance, please contact the laboratory at 503-693-4100.