Detection of Bordetella pertussis (Whooping cough) or Bordetella parapertussis (Whooping cough-like syndrome) in patients exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness. Early and accurate diagnosis improves patient outcome.
This assay is not recommended for screening asymptomatic individuals for Bordetella pertussis or parapertussis.
Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab collection:
New England Journal of Medicine video on NP swab collection: Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection Video
ESwab flexible mini-tip collection kit (blue)
ESwab Swab mini-tip collection kit (green)
Swabs placed in Universal viral transport media (UTM), M5®, or M6™.
Hospital clients submitting a request for this assay on an outpatient with Medicare should complete and submit a Molecular Medical billing request form along with the sample.
Refrigerated (preferred) - 7 days
Frozen - 1 month
Ambient - 8 hours
Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)