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Bordetella pertussis/B. parapertussis Culture

Updated

3/21/2014

Other Names Culture, Bordetella pertussis; Pertussis Culture/PCR; Culture, Pertussis; Whooping cough culture; Culture, Bordetella parapertussis
How to Order
Check the Bordetella pertussis/parapertussis culture box under CULTURE on the General Microbiology Request Form (form 60)
Availability
All clients
Methodology
Culture
Performed
Daily, on regular business days
Time to Reporting
2 to 6 working days
CPT Code
87070 – bacterial culture, with isolation and presumptive identification of isolates

 

87077 – aerobic culture definitive identification



Specimen Collection Details

Collection
Collection kits available on request (503-693-4114). Collect nasopharyngeal specimen using a Dacron tip swab on a flexible wire shaft and submit in a Regan-Lowe transport media. Specimens may be collected up to 3 weeks after onset of symptoms, as long as antibiotics have not been started.  Detailed instructions for collection and submission of specimens can be found at
https://public.health.oregon.gov/LaboratoryServices/Documents/pertuss.pdf
Optimal Volume
N/A
Minimum Volume
N/A
Handling
Swab in Regan-Lowe transport media.
Transport
Swabs should be refrigerated pending transport and then shipped on wet ice.

 

Rejection Criteria
Leaking containers, non-nasopharyngeal specimens, unlabeled specimens, incomplete requisition forms or specimens not submitted in appropriate transport media.
Comments
For addition information or assistance, please contact the OSPHL at 503-693-4100.