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Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) serology

About This Test

Department: Virology and Molecular Microbiology


4ml clotted blood (1ml if paediatric), red top

State date of onset of symptoms


Turnaround Time:

10-14 days

Detection of antibodies to B.pertussis for the diagnosis of whooping cough

Other Comments:

If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 hours are undesirable

Measurement units: IU/mL
Clinical decision points: >70 IU/mL, Interpretive comments included in report
Factors known to significantly affect results: Haemolysis
Reference Lab: PHE Colindale