The Parasitology Unit of the Microbiology Section performs traditional ova and parasites microscopic examinations on stool collected in 10% formalin.  Trichrome staining is no longer performed.

The Unit also:

  • Processes stool specimens for detection and identification of intestinal parasites which includes, but are not limited to: protozoans, nematodes, cestodes and trematodes (roundworms, tapeworms, and flukes).
  • Utilizes fluorescent antibody stain for the detection of Giardia and Cryptosporidium oocysts.
  • Examines cellulose tape mounts for the presence or absence of pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis) and pinworm eggs.
  • Refers blood smears for malaria and other blood parasites to CDC.

Forms and Instructions

Related Links

CDC DPDx - laboratory identification of parasites of human concern
MedLine Plus - parasitic diseases

Contact Information
Phone: 304-558-3530 extension 2602
Fax: 304-558-6210