WHAT IS MALARIA? Malaria is caused by by the protozoan parasite Plasmodium. 4 species of Plasmodium (Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale, P. falciparum and P. malariae) cause malaria in the human body. The parasite spreads via mosquito bites (female Anopheles). This can be a deadly disease if left untreated. WHY TEST NEEDED Malaria is a fatal yet […]

Serum-CK (Total Creatine Kinase) Formal name: Creatine kinase (CK) WHAT IS S-CK (TOTAL CREATINE KINASE)? Creatine kinase which could also be known as creatine phosphokinase or phospho-creatine kinase is an enzyme that is produced by tissues found in the brain, heart and skeletal muscles. HOW IS IT USED? s-CK (Total Creatine Kinase) test is used […]

Listeria Outbreak in South Africa The outbreak of Listeria in South Africa has reached a critical level. According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), this is the biggest outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa. The bacteria is spreading through cold-stored, processed food all over the country. Listeria is a genus of bacteria that causes […]

Borrelia is a genus of the spirochete phylum. The disease caused by the bacteria is called Lyme disease. HOW THE TEST WORKS The lab test detect two types of antibodies – IgM and IgG. Borrelia IgM antibodies are generally detectable in the blood after about 2-3 weeks to the exposure of the bacteria. IgM level […]