■ Malaria plasmodia
Important: the blood specimen must be taken before commencement of malaria therapy, if possible at the onset of a febrile episode. Send the material to the laboratory by the fastest means available!
5-10 ml EDTA blood (to test for Plasmodium falciparum antigen, for blood smears and "thick film" preparations).
If possible, add two to four thin, air-dried blood smears (for Giemsa staining and detection/identification of Plasmodium species).
■ Other blood protozoa (trypanosomes, Babesia): 5-10 ml EDTA blood.
■ Microfilariae: 5-10 ml blood with EDTA. Important: take blood samples in accordance with periodicity of microfilariae (Table 10.4, p. 519), either at night or during the day.
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