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Diagnostic Procedures

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Serum/Plasma Specimens

Antibody Detection Tests Offered at CDC

Disease Organism Test Acceptable Specimens
Amebiasis Entamoeba histolytica Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) Serum
Babesiosis Babesia microti
Babesia sp. WA1
Immunofluorescence (IFA) Serum
Baylisascariasis Baylisascaris procyonis Immunoblot Serum or CSF
Chagas disease Trypanosoma cruzi IFA Serum
Cysticercosis Larval Taenia solium Immunoblot (Blot) Serum, CSF
Echinococcosis Echinococcus granulosus EIA, Blot Serum
Filariasis Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi EIA Serum

Leishmania braziliensis
L. donovani
L. tropica


Malaria Plasmodium falciparum
P. malariae
P. ovale
P. vivax
IFA Serum
Paragonimiasis Paragonimus westermani Blot Serum
Schistosomiasis Schistosoma sp.
S. mansoni
S. haematobium
S. japonicum



Strongyloidiasis Strongyloides stercoralis EIA Serum
Toxocariasis Toxocara canis EIA Serum, vitreous fluid
Trichinellosis (Trichinosis) Trichinella spiralis EIA Serum

Send an email to or call the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (404) 718-4100 for information on the following diseases or organisms for which serology tests are not available at CDC, but may be available elsewhere within the United States or abroad:

African trypanosomiasis
Echinococcus multilocularis
Fasciola hepatica


For additional information about these tests or how to submit specimens for testing see For test results and interpretation, call the Division of Parasitic Diseases, at (404) 718-4100.

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  • Page last updated November 29, 2013
  • Content source: Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
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