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At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To detect and diagnose a Bordetella pertussis infection, commonly known as whooping cough
When to Get Tested?
When you have persistent spasms or fits of coughing (paroxysms) that the healthcare practitioner suspects is due to pertussis (whooping cough); when you have symptoms of a cold and have been exposed to someone with pertussis
A nasopharyngeal (NP) swab or a nasal aspirate; occasionally, a blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?