ARTHOPOD IDENTIFICATION (TICK)

Test Documentation
Specimen Required
Place tick (insect, larva) in 70% alcohol as soon as possible. Submit in an IATA-approved screw-capped plastic container ensuring the cap is as tight as possible to prevent leakage. Also place container in separate plastic bag to prevent leakage and contamination of other samples.

Alternate Specimen
Suspected ectoparasites placed in 10% formalin or alcohol

Rejection Criteria
Frozen samples

Methodology
Microscopic and Macroscopic Examination

Stability
Alcohol prseved tick, insect, larva etc:
Room Temperature: 1 year, Refrigerated: 1 year; Frozen: Unacceptable

Reference Range
By report

Performed
Monday-Thursday

Turnaround Time4-6 days
Test CodeARTID
CPT-4 Code (s)
87168
LOINC Codes
10644-3

Warde
Medical
Laboratory