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Bordetella pertussis DNA Detection by PCR

Alternate test name

Pertussis , Whooping Cough

Gene name / Alternate gene name


Lab area
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
Within 4 days
Specimen type
  • Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate 
  • Throat swab
  • Sputum
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
Specimen requirements
  • Nasopharyngeal swab in universal transport medium
  • Throat swab in universal transport medium
  • Sterile screw top container for other respiratory specimens
Storage and transportation
  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs
Special requirements


Disease condition
  • Pertussis 
  • Whooping Cough
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