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Consider pertussis in an individual with a paroxysmal cough or cough lasting 2 weeks or more.
Expected Time to Receive Results
Results will be available in several days.
When the Bordetella DNA is detected at low levels, the results will need to be interpreted in the context of the presenting clinical illness2. PCR positive laboratory results in an asymptomatic person will not be considered confirmatory.
Please ensure that your local public health unit is aware of all individuals who are being tested for pertussis.
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