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Test ID BLOD1236 Babesia species, Molecular Detection, PCR, Blood

Useful For

An initial screening or confirmatory testing method for suspected babesiosis during the acute febrile stage of infection in patients from endemic areas, especially when Giemsa-stained peripheral blood smears do not reveal any organisms or the organism morphology is inconclusive.

Specimen Type

Whole Blood EDTA

Advisory Information

This is a qualitative assay and the results are reported either as negative or positive for targeted Babesia species DNA.

Specimen Required

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Reject Due To


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross reject




Green-top (heparin) tube

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole Blood EDTA Refrigerated 7 days

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday; Varies

Analytic Time

Same day/1 day

Method Name

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)/DNA Probe Hybridization

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information

87798 x 3

Reporting Name

Babesia species, PCR, B

Reference Values


Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Secondary ID



If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request Form (T244) with the specimen (

Sanford Laboratories - Fargo Additional Information:


Result Code Result Code Description
17556 Babesia Microti
17557 Babesia Duncani
17558 Babesia Divergens/MO-1