Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Film - examination for malaria, filaria, and/or gonococci Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is performed to provide evidence of the presence of malaria parasites in human blood. Its ordered in diagnosis of malaria.


Plasmodium Smear

Patient Preparation

No special preparations required

Sample Type


Sample volume

One drop per smear

Sample collection Container

Sterile glass slide

Sample collection instructions

Blood obtained by pricking a finger or earlobe is prefered. Both thick and thin blood films should be prepared.

Sample storage

Sample maintained at room temperature for no longer than 24 to 48 hours.

Reference range

1% - 10% parasitemia

Results Turnaround

2 -4 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

Number of parasitized RBC greater than 10% indicates malaria disease.