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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Bordetella pertussis PCR

Test Name

Bordetella pertussis PCR

Alternate Name/ Synonym

Pertussis, whooping cough

Gene Name


Test Code



Molecular Microbiology - Bacterial


Polymerase Chain Reaction

External Proficiency Testing

College of American Pathologists

Turn Around Time

Within 4 days


  • B. pertussis respiratory disease

Specimen Type

  • Nasopharyngeal swab or aspirate 
  • Throat swab
  • Sputum
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage

Minimum Specimen Requirements

  • Nasopharyngeal swab in universal transport medium
  • Throat swab in universal transport medium
  • Sterile screw top container for other respiratory specimens


  • All specimens must be shipped on dry ice
  • Exception: Specimens that will arrive at SickKids within 24 hours from the time of collection can be shipped on ice packs

Special Requirements

* Not Health Canada approved

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212