Targeted testing for bug-borne disease
Specific assays identify illness associated with common insects
Our laboratories test for various diseases carried by insect species. The tsetse fly spreads sleeping sickness, which affects 36 countries of sub-Saharan Africa and places 55 million people at risk. Sand flies spread the leishmaniasis group of diseases, which affects 88 countries and places 350 million people at risk. Household bugs spread Chagas disease and place 100 million people at risk in Latin America. Other insects spread filarial diseases, including lymphatic filariasis, loiasis, and onchocerciasis.
Insect-borne testing interpretations
- NOTE: Test is NOT appropriate for diagnosing cutaneous leishmaniasis
Parasite identification (arthropods)
PARID | Parasite Identification, Varies
- NOTE: Tick identification can be used to guide prophylaxis for Lyme disease and predict the risk for other tick-borne diseases. The report includes tick genus, species, gender, life cycle stage, degree of engorgement, and presence — or absence — of mouthparts.
Trypanosoma cruzi infection (Chagas disease)
- NOTE: Test is preferred for diagnosis of chronic Chagas disease
Learn more about how to order these tests at your institution.