​Giardia trophozoites - trichrome stain
The Enteric laboratory provides a State wide enteric bacteriology and parasitology service. The laboratory is located at the QEII Medical Centre and provides a range of general and specialist services including comprehensive Salmonella Typing.  A number of other enteric pathogens can be further characterised for medical and public health epidemiological purposes.
Faecal samples can be analysed for the presence of:
  • Salmonella spp and Shigella spp
  • Campylobacter spp
  • Clostridium difficile
  • Aeromonas spp
  • Vibrio spp
  • Yersinia enterocolitica
  • E. coli O-157
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Listeria spp
  • Staphylococcus spp
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • pathogenic and non-pathogenic parasites
  • Occult blood
Human ectoparasites can also be submitted for identification including Phthirus pubis (pubic louse), Pediculus capitus (head louse), Pediculus corporis (body louse) and Sarcoptes scabiei (scabies mite)

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