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Parasitology - 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 species, Cryptosporidium species, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica/dispar, 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.