Parasite Exam - Malaria Screen/Blood Parasite

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB883
EPIC Order
  Malaria Screen
CPT Code(s)   87899, 87207
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Clinical Microbiology, 984-974-1805
Tube Station   82
Specimen Routine: Blood/Lavender Top Tube;  See Comments.
Availability Routine: 24 hours/7 days
  STAT: Yes
Turnaround Time  

2 hours.
If organisms are present, identification may require longer time. Physician will be advised.


For Outreach locations-please contact Microbiology for collections instructions at 984-974-1805.  (All other locations, see below).

Collect sample just after fever spikes.  Send to the Lab as quickly as possible.  Do Not Refrigerate.

Malaria Screen: Patients with appropriate travel history; includes BinaxNOW malaria antigen test and reflex malaria smear. Order test LAB883

Plasmodium parasitemia: Patients with positive by BinaxNow malaria antigen test or malaria smear. Includes malaria smear only.  Order test LAB88303.

Blood parasites, non-malaria: Patients with appropriate travel history; includes smear for blood parasites to encompass Babesia, trypanosomes and other microfilaria. Order test LAB88301

Reviewed by jcarr on December 08, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514