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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions



Q: Can anyone submit a sample?

A: No, the Parasitology Laboratory only accepts samples from permitted laboratories or licensed physicians.

Q: Do I need to fill out specific paperwork to get a sample analyzed?

A: Yes, samples are only accepted if they are accompanied by a completed IDR (Infectious Diseases Requisition) form. Please see the Laboratory Services page to determine whether an additional NPL (Non-Permitted Laboratory Test Request) form is necessary. Both forms are found on the Laboratory Services page.

Q: How long does it take to get results?

A: Many results are reported within 1-2 days of sample receipt. If circumstances require a quicker response please call the Parasitology Laboratory 518-474-4177. 

Q: Are laboratories required to submit specimens to the Parasitology Laboratory?

A: Yes. For New York State patients, laboratories are required to submit specimens that test positive for Babesia, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora and any Plasmodium species. Please refer to the Laboratory Services page for the most current Laboratory Reporting of Communicable Diseases Guide for more information.

Q: Can specimens for organisms other than those in the Laboratory Reporting of Communicable Disease Guide be submitted?

A: Yes, the Parasitology Laboratory is a public health reference laboratory for all parasitic diseases detected or suspected in patients who are residents of New York State.