Trichinella detection equipment is the most commonly used lab test to detect this parasitic protozoan. It can be collected by a simple wet test strip and then tested for the presence of the protozoan eggs. The most common places to look for trichinella in the lab are on the skin areas around the nose, mouth, and anus. There may be other potential locations on body parts that have been infected by this parasite. Trichinella is only contagious when it is in the skin, and therefore, only one person can carry the parasitic infection.
Trichinella detection equipment is manufactured by several companies including MicroNutra Health, LLC, Sharp Medical Corporation, and Pentek International. All of these manufacturers make different types of trichinella testing kits for laboratories. These tests may be done directly in the testing laboratory by using special trichinella pen. The most frequently used method of direct trichinella testing is a drop-off test in which the liquid is removed from the skin. A drop of liquid is then placed inside a sealed jar and is pulled out by shaking.
There are also indirect trichinella testing methods that are used in the laboratories. The use of gas chromatography or Mass Spectrometry (MS or MCS) system would require a large scale sample preparation. It is best to use indirect MS systems for this purpose because the mass that is created during the analysis is very small. This enables the analyst to analyze the sample in a more effective and faster way.
In order to use Trichinella detection equipment, one needs to have access to a proper and reliable source of water in which the parasite is able to survive. This means that the source should not be connected to any other body of water in the region where one is conducting the test. Another important factor is the presence of other disease-causing protozoa such as giardia. It is also necessary to check the physical condition of the water resource that one is using in order to determine whether it can support the life of trichinella in sufficient amount.
Trichinella detection equipment comes in different forms, sizes, and uses. For instance, there are hand-held versions that are easy to use and affordable. Other types of trichinella detection equipment include gas-powered models that emit a strong odor that would warn others about parasites in the water. Portable devices that can detect the parasite’s presence are also available.
One should also be aware that while the equipment can help in the detection of trichinella, it cannot guarantee the absence or the presence of the parasite itself. In this case, one should continue with regular inspection and water changes to prevent the spread of the parasite. If caught early enough, the effects of the parasitic protozoa are not likely to be life-threatening. However, long-term exposure can cause certain diseases such as heartworm disease. Trichinella detection equipment can play a significant role in early diagnosis and prevention of this disease.