Volume 48, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Because of renewed interest in parasitic diseases, increasing numbers of persons in clinical and research laboratories have the potential for exposure to parasites and therefore are at risk for acquiring parasitic infections. In this review of laboratory-acquired parasitic infections, we concentrate on protozoan diseases that frequently have been reported to be laboratory acquired: malaria, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis (American and African), and toxoplasmosis. These diseases can be severe, even fatal, and may be difficult to diagnose. Many laboratorians who have acquired these diseases did not recall having had an accident. Of those with recognized accidents, needlestick injuries were the most common. Laboratories should have established protocols for handling specimens that may contain viable organisms and for responding to laboratory accidents.


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