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Whooping Cough


Whooping Cough
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Reference Range:


Turnaround Time:

Up to 10 days


PCR kit supplied by CCDC or serological test on clotted blood, see serology section.


Pernasal Swab for Culture
Serum for Serology


Collect Pernasal Swab from upper naso pharynx
The swab should be inserted gently down the nose as far as "gag" reflex allows.

How result is reported:

Result available on screen within 10 days

Important Information:

Please clearly state relevant clinical details pertaining to the reasons behind taking the sample i.e. hot/pain/red. Samples without relevant clinical details may be rejected.
Please state on form if the patient has had recent foreign travel or if there is a strong suspicion of high risk pathogens as these pose a risk to laboratory staff.