Parasites Smear (Giemsa Stain), Blood
Transport 5mL whole blood (minimum 1mL). For best results, send five (5) thin blood smears (unstained, unfixed) AND five (5) thick smeras (unstained, unfixed) in addition to whole blood. Thin and thick blood smears should be prepared immediately or within 1 hour after collection
Room temperature *only*; Refrigerated and Frozen samples are NOT acceptable
4-6 Days; Performed Sun-Sat
Screen for and detect spirochetes and blood parasites, including microfilaria, Babesia, Trypanosoma and Plasmodium Species. Patient’s travel history is necessary to aid in test interpretation.