Serology

The Serology service provides a wide range of screening, supplemental and reference-level immunoassays for the diagnosis of infectious diseases including viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic agents. Other major functions include immunity testing, disease surveillance and tissue donor screening for blood-borne diseases.
 
Onsite serology laboratories are located at QEII Medical Centre and Fiona Stanley Hospital. The laboratory located at QEII Medical Centre in Nedlands is a reference laboratory for HIV, HBV and HCV testing, a National Influenza Centre, and has Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) certification. Clinical advice may be sought from specialist virologists and microbiologists. Other enquiries concerning test interpretation, availability, frequency and combinations may be directed to senior laboratory staff.
 
Immunoassays are available for the following agents:
 
  • Blood-borne diseases including HIV-1/HIV-2, HTLV-I/II, HBV, HCV, HAV and Treponema pallidum (syphilis).
  • Arboviruses including Ross River, Barmah Forest, West Nile (Kunjin), Murray Valley, Dengue, Chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis viruses.
  • Respiratory agents such as Influenza A and B, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, RSV, parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3, adenovirus, Chlamydophila spp. and Legionella spp.
  • Mumps, measles, parvovirus B19, rubella and varicella.
  • Herpes viruses including HSV I and II, HHV6, EBV, CMV.
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis), Bordetella pertussis, Rickettsia spp., Coxiella burnetti (Q fever), Brucella spp., Bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease), Leptospira spp., Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease) and Helicobacter pylori.
  • Avian precipitins, fungal precipitins testing for Aspergillus spp., Coccidioides spp. and Histoplasma spp.
  • Parasites including Toxoplasma gondii, Echinococcus spp. (Hydatid), Strongyloides stercoralis, Plasmodium spp. (Malaria), Wuchereria bancrofti (Filariasis), Schistosoma spp., Leishmania spp. and Entamoeba histolytica.

Page last updated: 12 Apr 2016