Medical Diagnostics

In the Diagnostic Center, blood, serum, faeces and urine samples are examined for parasites. Various detection methods such as immunodiagnostics, microscopic examinations or PCR are used. We receive the samples from the Swiss TPH travel center as well as from hospitals, doctors and private laboratories from all over Switzerland and the surrounding countries. In addition, serum samples are sent to us from all over the world to test them for very rare parasitoses.

National Reference Center

The diagnostic center of the Swiss TPH is the National Reference Center of Switzerland for Imported Parasitoses and is accredited in Switzerland (STS 0426) according to the standard EN ISO / IEC17025. A major focus of the Center is the provision of reference diagnostics for malaria cases in Switzerland. This emergency service is used approximately 200 times a year.

Improvement and Development

In addition to diagnostic services, our goal is to continuously improve existing diagnostic tests. As a leading reference center, we attach great importance to the development and validation of new analytical methods. After intensive months of development, the Diagnostic Center now offers a real-time PCR-Gastropanel for pathogenic intestinal protozoa.

Additional Services

Our staff regularly teaches parasitic diagnostics in courses both in Switzerland and in some African and Asian countries. We also provide our expertise in research projects in the field of epidemiology and malaria fighting. In doing so, we can offer our active cooperation or the quality assurance of projects.

Center for Infection Diagnostics

Together with the Abteilung Infektionsdiagnostik (AbtID), Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, we are the center for infection diagnostics. Serum samples, which are to be examined for both parasitic and virological investigations, can be sent to the Swiss TPH Diagnostic Center. We assume the correct forwarding of the samples.

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