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Babesia - Blood

Source Blood
Mnemonic M MALARIA
Specimen Requirements

Test cannot be collected by Mobile Collection Service (MCS).

1 x 6 mL lavender top EDTA tube

Whole blood

Specimen Handling

DO NOT open tube.
DO NOT centrifuge.
DO NOT make blood smears. Refer to note below.

NOTE: for specimens that may be delayed greater than 2 hours (i.e. sites outside the Calgary Region), a set of four (4) thick and six (6) thin smears should be made and submitted to the laboratory.

Transport STAT.

Specimen MUST be transported directly to the CLS DSC within 1 hour 40 minutes of collection and be received in Microbiology for processing within 2 hours of collection.
Make necessary courier/cab arrangements for transportation to meet this time expectation. Call the courier desk at 403-770-3311 for assistance and provide the time of specimen collection.

Completed Malaria History Form must accompany the specimen.
Refer to CLS Form #MI6002: Malaria History Form

Additional Information Additional blood parasites: refer to MalariaLeishmaniaMicrofilaria and Trypanosomes.
Testing Location CLS Microbiology
Testing Frequency Daily
Alternate Name(s)
Reference Interval