PERTUSSIS Specimen and Testing Changes

Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 10:05:36 AM

Effective July 1st, 2007, Amies with charcoal nasopharyngeal collection swabs (blue or orange caps) are required to submit nasopharyngeal swabs for Bordetella pertussis by PCR testing. The swabs are available from the laboratory by calling X6528. Testing will be performed by a reference laboratory. New York State Department of Health is discontinuing itís free service of providing testing for Bordetella pertussis by PCR, thus necessitating the change. Please discard all NYSDOH collection kits in the plastic tubes.

Please call Microbiology at X6528 for further assistance.

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