Ova, Cysts and Parasite (OCP) Culture Stool Test
Infection (2 Biomarkers)
From the expert
There are a wide variety of parasites that can infect humans. Most often, those who are infected by parasites become infected by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with the parasitic ova. This contamination cannot be seen and the food and water will look, smell and taste completely normal. Since an infected person’s stool is also infectious, without careful handwashing and food preparation, they may pass the infection onto others.
A stool culture is useful to investigate prolonged diarrhoea especially if mucus or blood is present. The exact tests performed will depend on where you have travelled to recently, and whether you have been in contact with someone with infective diarrhoea.
Why take this test?
- You have prolonged diarrhoea, abdominal pain and/or blood and mucus in your stool
- You have recently travelled outside the U.K. and are worried you have drunk contaminated water or eaten contaminated food
- You have recently exposed to someone who has a parasitic infection and are worried you now have an infection
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