Keywords: Whooping cough

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Appropriate Tests


For confirmation of acute, typical infection: Nasopharyngeal swab/aspirate - Bordetella pertussis detection by NAA (highest pick up rate in the first 2 weeks of symptoms).

Bordetella pertussis Ab (IgA) on serum may be performed if symptoms have been present for > 2 weeks, nasopharyngeal aspirate may also be performed, if available for pertussis culture (inform the laboratory as special media is required to detect this organism.

For PCR detection of B. pertussis, a Throat swab may be acceptable, especially from an adult. Full blood count, White cell count differential (lymphocytosis common, but not required for diagnosis), Blood film.




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