Sample type: Whole Blood
Test name: Malaria Parasites
Condition / Indication: Request when a malaria parasite infection is suspected. Send urgently to the lab and telephone
Special precautions & notes: Give details of travel and prophylaxis (if any). All positive cases are sent to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for confirmatory testing.
Reference range: Negative or Positive. Malaria parasite species and percentage parasitaemia included if applicable.
Container: EDTA (Lavender top)
Ideal volume (mL): 4 mL
Turnaround time: 24 hours, 7 days if sent to Referral Laboratory for confirmation