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Test Code TICKID Tick Identification

Additional Codes

Epic: LAB2214

Test Method

Microscopic and macroscopic examination


1 - 3 business days

Useful For

Microscopic and macroscopic examination to identify parasite (arthropod, insect, tick).

Specimen Requirement

Specimen Type: Ectoparasite (ticks, mites, lice, fleas, myiasis-causing flies, bed bugs, etc).
Collection Instructions: Whole parasite: store in clean container with 70% ethanol. If scabies is suspected: scrape the skin from the leading edge of the lesion with a scalpel containing a drop of mineral oil. The mineral oil enhances the adherence of the mites to the blade. Add an additional drop of mineral oil to a clean slide and place scraping on the slide, coverslip, and send in slide transport.
Temperature and Stability: Room temperature (35°C)
Unacceptable Conditions: Specimens in preservative other than ethanol. Scabies scrapings not sent on slides in slide transport container.
Expected Results: Identification of arthopod, Submitted specimen is not an arthropod.


Shipping Instructions
Wrap specimen container in absorbent material and place inside a biohazard bag. Transport specimen at room temperature.

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