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Test Order Blood Parasites

Pre-Approval Required


Supplemental Information or Form

Parasitology Form “LAB 0416” is required for submission of samples. Case history, travel history, and submitter’s identification are required information fields.

Performed on Specimens From

Human source

Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing

Blood (EDTA), thin smears, thick smears

Minimum Volume Required

0.5 mL

Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping

Store blood at 4°C; slides at ambient temperature.



Sample/Specimen Labeling

Test subject to CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition

Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements

Ship blood at 4°C; slides at ambient temperature.

Test Methodology

Microscopy, PCR

Turnaround Time

7 Days

Interferences & Limitations


Additional Information


MDL Points of Contact

High Risk Pathogen Section (510) 412-3700

Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM PT


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