Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa)


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Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa)

About this test

Bilharzia, also known as Schistosomiasis is a parasitic infection affecting humans caused by schistosomes or blood flukes.

The adult worms typically live in the blood vessels around the bowel or bladder (depending on the type).

The worms produce eggs which can cause health problems.

Symptoms of Bilharzia include:

  • fever

  • headache

  • cough

  • urticaria

  • lymphadenopathy

Physical signs include a tender enlarged liver and spleen and blood tests may show a certain picture.

Transmission occurs through direct contact with infected fresh water in rivers, lakes, streams, dams and rock pools. The immature form of the bloodfluke (cercaria) are released from fresh water snails and penetrate the skin and occasionally through the lining of the mouth.

Bilharzia is present in most African countries and in limited areas of South America, the Middle East and Asia.

Antibodies against Bilharzia however may persist for many years, even after successful treatment making the diagnosis of a re-infection or the diagnosis of an unsuccessful treatment very cumbersome. Antibodies may also be absent in certain cases of chronic active infection.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa) blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Bilharzia Antibodies Confirmation (Elisa) test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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