About Whooping cough (swab)
What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a bacterial respiratory infection caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Whooping cough is characterised by bouts of coughing which can be accompanied by a ‘whoop’ sound during inhalation. It is highly contagious and poses a serious risk to babies and young children, with coughing bouts resulting in broken ribs and fatigue. There is a vaccine for whooping cough and it can be treated with antibiotics if caught early. Symptoms of whooping cough include; runny nose, fever and a cough. These symptoms progress into severe bouts of coughing which cause vomiting, broken ribs and fatigue. Newborns may experience periods without breathing instead of coughing.
Why take the test?
This test screens for the presence of Bordetella pertussis in a swab sample from the nasopharynx. It is used to diagnose whooping cough.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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