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Laboratory of Parasitology

Laboratory presentation

The Parasitology-Mycology department is responsible for conducting research and laboratory tests in general parasitology, mycology and entomology.

2 - Objectives
The Parasitology service aims to improve the controlling of parasitic, tropical and vector-borne diseases:

1. Malaria
2. Schistosomiasis
3. Intestinal parasites
4. Leishmaniasis
5.  Vector diseases (viral hemorrhagic fevers: Crimean Congo, Rift and yellow fever)
6. Perform operational research (Malaria, schistosomiasis, fungal infections, leishmaniasis ...).

3 - Activities carried out in the laboratory

3-1 - Research activities (research areas)

1. Epidemiology and chemotherapy schistosomes
2. Epidemiology and chemoresistance of Plasmodium
3. Eco epidemiology shellfish medical interest
4. Sensitivity to insecticides of malaria vector
5. Study malaria vector behavior

6. Monitors vectors circulation of Rift Valley Fever (RVF)


3-2 - Diagnostic Activities

Intestinal parasites

1. Direct parasitological examination of stools
2. Examination after concentration or enrichment (Ritchie and Kato)
3. Specific examination (Graham test)

Urinary schistosomiasis and flagellates urogenital

Parasitological examination of urine (urinary sediment and filtration)
Malaria, cutaneous leishmaniasis and lymphatic filariasis

1.  Parasitological examination of the blood (thin film, thick Drop, Rapid Test)

cutaneous dermal filariasis

1. Extraction of adult worms

Toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis and visceral leishmaniasis

1. Examination of biopsies and punctures made by the clinician.

Mycoses

1. Direct examination
2. Growing mushrooms
3. Identification of species

 

External Quality Control

The parasitology laboratory has been included in the WHO quality assurance program for malaria microscopy.