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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2


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Potential Disadvantages

Slide 21

July 2010

A potential disadvantage of Babesia PCR is that it may not be rapid enough for primary diagnosis. Malaria and babesiosis are potentially fatal diseases, so diagnosis should be performed in a STAT manner. And if PCR cannot be performed immediately, 24 hours a day, then either a peripheral blood smear or antigen detection methods must be available instead. Also, should a result be positive for Babesia or Plasmodium species, then calculation of the percent parasitemia needs to be undertaken, and this still requires a peripheral blood smear.

Potential Disadvantages


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