Parasitology Testing in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) tests for intestinal parasites in patient stool specimens.

A total of three stool specimens (all collected on different days) should be submitted in the VDHL Kit # 2, which contains a specimen preservative, called “Total-Fix” preservative. 

Test options

  • Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for Giardia and/or Cryptosporidium
  • Microscopic examination for ova, larva, and cysts of parasites
  • Cyclospora identification using the Acid Fast staining techniques
  • Pinworm identification by microscopic identification (request VDHL Kit # 6, Pinworm Paddle)

For more information on specimen submission requirements or tests available visit our Forms & Ordering Information page.

Serology Specimen Submission for Parasitic Diseases

  • The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory can also send serology specimens to the Centers for Disease Control for additional or unusual parasite testing.
  • Information on submitting serology specimens to the CDC through the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory

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