Parasitology

  1. Scheme (click for more info)
    Examinations
    Sample Format
    Distributions per year
    Samples per distribution
    Scoring
  2. Microscopic examination for presence of blood and tissue parasites
    Blood films on glass slides
    8
    1
    Presence or absence of blood parasites including % parasitaemia for P. falciparum and P. knowlesi
  3. Molecular detection of faecal pathogens Giardia intestinalis, Cryptosporidium species and Entamoeba histolytica
    Lyophilised human faeces
    2
    4
    Presence or absence of nucleic acid from faecal pathogens
  4. Examine for ova, cysts and larvae in faecal samples
    Formalin fixed suspensions of human faeces, fixed smears and other formats dependent on the parasite
    8
    2-3
    Presence of parasite and stage
  5. Detection of nucleic acid from all five Plasmodium species
    Lyophilised blood
    4
    4
    Presence or absence of nucleic acid from all five Plasmodium species infecting man
  6. Testing for malarial antigen
    Lyophilised human blood
    2
    2
    Presence or absence of P. falciparum or Plasmodium species antigens
  7. Detection of antibodies to Strongyloides, Echinococcus, Entamoeba histolytica, Toxocara, T. cruzi and Schistosoma
    Liquid human serum
    4
    6
    Presence or absence of antibodies to these parasites
  8. Detection of IgG and IgM antibodies to Toxoplasma and Toxoplasma IgG avidity
    Liquid human serum
    4
    3
    Presence or absence of IgG and IgM antibodies