Cryptosporidium PCR

Which test do we use?

Real-time PCR and sequencing for species identification and (sub)genotyping.

Sampling instructions

At least 10 grams of fresh unfixed stool in a clean recipient are required.

Storage conditions

The serum can be sent at room temperature, but transport duration should be kept as short as possible (avoid transport over weekends or holidays).

Important advice

Confirmation of positive results of Ag (rapid) tests are done in the first instance by classical methods (microscopic detection/ELISA).

Always mention your own results and the test used on the request form.

The form necessary to send samples is available on the Sciensano website.


1x / week

Reference values


Delivery time of the result

Depends on the total number of requested analyses. Samples are analysed in batch. See ‘How frequently do we perform this analysis’.


ISO 15189 – Belac 147-MED





Laatste wijziging op: 13/07/2023