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Bordetella pertussis PCR

Ordering information:

PCR is only useful in the acute phase <4weeks. After this time serology is the recommended test.

Swab samples - performed in-house

Alternate names:
Bordetella pertussis NAD, Pertussis NAD
Referred Test
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Nasopharyngeal Aspirate
Nasopharyngeal swab
NTS - nose & throat swab
Bronchial Washings
Container types:
Viral Transport Media- Nasopharyngeal
Sterile Jar
Swab - white top, plain swab, plastic shaft
Viral Transport Media- Nasopharyngeal
Collection Instructions:

Viral Transpot Media is preferred for swab

Transport at room temperature to the Laboratory

Minimum Adult Volume:
0.3 mL
Paediatric Minimum Volume:
0.3 mL
Result Turnaround Time:
2-3 days
Laboratory Use Only
Laboratory Notes:

Part of Respiratory PCR.


External Laboratory:
Monash Pathology
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