Frequently Asked Questions


A: Yes. For New York State patients, laboratories are required to submit specimens that test positive for Babesia species, Cryptosporidium species, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica/dispar, and any Plasmodium species. Please refer to the Laboratory Services page for the most current Laboratory Reporting of Communicable Diseases Guide for more information.

A: Yes, the Parasitology Laboratory is a public health reference laboratory for all parasitic diseases detected or suspected in patients who are residents of New York State.

A: No, the Parasitology Laboratory only accepts samples from permitted laboratories or licensed physicians.

A: Yes, samples are only accepted if they are accompanied by a completed IDR (Infectious Diseases Requisition) form. Please see the Laboratory Services page to determine whether an additional NPL (Non-Permitted Laboratory Test Request) form is necessary. Both forms are found on the Laboratory Services page.

A: Many results are reported within 1-2 days of sample receipt. If circumstances require a quicker response please call the Parasitology Laboratory 518-474-4177.