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Test Code MAL Malaria Smear

Collection Container

Lavender (EDTA)

Specimen Required

Whole Blood

Transport Temperature

Room temperature

Turnaround Time

4-24 hours

Days and Times Performed

7 days/week

Specimen Stability

Smears should be prepared within 1 hour of collection, no longer than 2 hours.

Additional Information

The laboratory will report the presence of Plasmodium sp (malaria), Babesia and Trypanosomes. Please call Microbiology at 322-4122 if other blood parasites are suspected.

Reasons for Rejection

If other blood specimens are being collected, a separate lavender tube must be collected.  This tube cannot be shared.

Reference Ranges

No blood parasites observed on thin and thick smears.

Specimen Volume

5 mL

Minimum Specimen Volume

3 mL

Special Handling Instructions

Transport to the laboratory within 2 hours, 1 hour preferred