A definitive diagnosis of filariasis is made by the demonstration of microfilariae in the peripheral blood, with the exception of Onchocerca volvulus which is diagnosed by demonstration of microfilariae in skin snips.
|Tube||05 (CP) - Citrate|
|Availability||Weekdays Please contact the Serology lab prior to sending to ensure correct processing.|
|Additional Information||Day blood (for Loa loa) should be taken between 12noon and 2pm local time and
night blood (for Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi) at 12 midnight to 2am
|Turn Around||Referred to reference laboratory|
|Collection Con||Minimum volume 20 ml of anti-coagulated blood (citrate tube)
Sample must be kept at room temperature.