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Bordetella pertussis Antibody

Alias: Bordetella pertussis, Whooping cough

Discipline: Virology

Test information: May be used to provide evidence of vaccination or past infection; test does not determine immunity to B. pertussis.

Availability: Referred to Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust: Monday - Friday during routine hours: 08:45 - 17:15.

Turnaround Time: 3 Day upon receipt at Severn Pathology North Bristol NHS Trust

Related Tests:

Specimen Type(s)
  • Clotted blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Plain Top Sarstedt;
  • Bordetella pertussis antibodies;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Minimum-clotting time 30 minutes.
  • Specimens should be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible.
  • Outside of normal hours samples should be refrigerated (2 °C to 8 °C).
  • Include date of onset of symptoms.
  • Samples should be taken 2 weeks after onset of paroxysmal coughing.
  • Please indicate vaccination status.
  • If onset of illness is less than 2 weeks consider Bordetella pertussis culture.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation

Bordetella pertussis IgG Positive: Consistent with recent B. pertussis infection in the absence of recent vaccination.

Bordetella pertussis IgG Intermediate: Significance uncertain, although recent infection cannot be excluded.

Bordetella pertussisIgG Negative: No indication of B. pertussis infection. Antibody testing can only reliably exclude recent infection if the sample is taken at least 14 days after the onset of persistent cough.

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Last updated: 02-06-2023