BORDETELLA PERTUSSIS TESTING

Molecular Biologist
Rob Christensen
307-777-6064

 

Bordetella pertussis is a Wyoming Department of Health Reportable Disease.  A specimen must be submitted to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory.

 

Bordetella pertussis is the causative agent of pertussis (whooping cough).  The Bordetella are small aerobic gram negative coccobacilli.  Bordetella species, B. parapertussis and B. bronchiseptica can cause disease in humans that resembles pertussis with less severe symptoms. 

 

TYPE OF TEST

PCR.

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS

Nasopharyngeal specimen using a polyester swab on flexible wire.

SHIPPING REQUIREMENTS

Ship according to regulations for diagnostic specimens.  Complete and enclose test request form.

DAYS TEST PERFORMED

Daily, Monday through Friday.

RESULTS AVAILABLE

Upon completion of identification.

REPORTING & INTERPRETATION

Positive results are called to the submitter.  A negative result does not preclude the possibility of infection.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

 

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