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Diagnosis is largely clinical.
Consider antibiotics if:
Notify all cases (suspected or confirmed) of pertussis to the Communicable Diseases Section, DHS, Victoria. Tel: 1300 651 160 or Fax: 1300 651 170.
DHS information on pertussis
Notification info, and
Adults (regardless of immunisation status)
Specimen collection and results:
Pertussis PCR testing: Send dry (non-charcoal or flocked swabs) from nasopharynx (preferably) or nose, or nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA)
Monday-Friday: specimens received in lab by 10am reported by 2pm. Specimens received by 2pm reported by 5pm. Saturday: Specimens received by 10am reported by 2pm. Sunday: No routine testing.