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OVA AND PARASITE TESTING (Ontario)

August 29 2023
***Update on Test Ordering [Clarification]*** When ordering Stool Ova & Parasites testing, if helminthic infestation is suspected, the patient has immunocompromised status, or if testing is for immigration/refugee screening purposes, then please collect stool samples in SAF containers. Please provide relevant clinical information and clearly mark ‘Microscopy’ on the test requisition. Click here for more information.

***Update on Test Ordering [Clarification]***
When ordering Stool Ova & Parasites testing, if helminthic infestation is suspected, the patient has immunocompromised status, or if testing is for immigration/refugee screening purposes, then please collect stool samples in SAF containers. Please provide relevant clinical information and clearly mark ‘Microscopy’ on the test requisition.

Click here for more information.

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