Test Order: Plasmodium species (Malaria) Real-Time PCR
Supplemental Information or Form
Form LAB 416
. Case history, travel history, and submitter’s identification are required information fields.
Performed on Specimens From
Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
Blood (EDTA), unfixed thin smears, unfixed thick smears
Minimum Volume Required
0.5 mL (EDTA blood)
Storage & Preservation of Sample/Specimen Prior to Shipping
Store blood at 2 - 8°C; slides at ambient temperature.
Transport EDTA blood with cold packs. Do not freeze.
Test subject to CLIA regulations require two patient identifiers on the specimen container and the test requisition. Patient name must be on the specimen container; additional acceptable identifiers include submitter’s accession number, patient ID, and date of birth.
Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements
Ship blood on cold packs; slides at ambient temperature.
Interferences & Limitations
The Plasmodium species multiplex PCR assay does not directly detect P. knowlesi. If P. knowlesi is suspected and the PCR results are “not detected” for all 4 targets, then specimen will be forwarded to CDC for additional testing.
Plasmodium species PCR will be completed at MDL for speciation of P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae. The specimen may be forwarded to CDC for other blood parasites per request.
MDL Points of Contact
Mycobacterial & Parasitic Diseases Reference Unit