Microbiology


Pertussis Serology

Specimen

Blood sample (serum)

Specimen container

Gold top clotted (5ml)

Special Instructions

Please state time of collection and label with the minimum patient identification. Labelling must include the following:

Please include relevant clinical details and any antimicrobial therapy the patient is taking.

Test Usage

Detection of immunity to Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough).

Please state date of onset of symptoms.

Please state relevant clinical details.

Please state if patient is immunocompromised.

Please give history of any contact.

Availability

Sent to Reference Laboratory

Processing Time

1-2 weeks

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Please contact the laboratory to discuss urgent tests and any other relevant tests e.g pernasal swab culture.

Specimen Labelling Procedure