First-line test for diagnosing acute babesiosis. This PCR test detects nucleic acid from B. microti and detects but does not differentiate between B. duncani, B. divergens, strain MO-1, and strain EU-1. Blood smears are also appropriate for diagnosing and monitoring babesiosis disease; refer to Parasites Smear (Giemsa Stain), Blood (0049025).
- Patient Preparation
- Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA).
- Specimen Preparation
- Transport 1 mL whole blood. (Min: 0.6 mL)
- Storage/Transport Temperature
- Unacceptable Conditions
- Heparinized specimens.
- Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 30 days
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|2008666||Babesia species by PCR||42641-1|
|2008668||Babesia microti by PCR||47396-7|