As of Monday, December 15, 2014, B. pertussis / parapertussis PCR testing is performed at Mid America Clinical Laboratories’ Regional facility. This is a laboratory-developed test, using Focus Simplexa reagents on a 3M Integrated Cycler platform. This test will be performed daily, with an expected turnaround time of < 24 hours (weekends may be up to 48 hours, dependent upon time of receipt).
Test codes currently in use will remain the same. Please note that the collection device may differ, depending upon the collection medium currently in use at your facility.
Test code: 11365
Collection device: Dacron flexible-shaft swab
Viral Culture Medium (3ml; VCM; Quest-labeled; green cap)
RVP/VCM Viral Transport Media
PCR Flu Flocked Nylon Tip Swab
Wire Dacron/polyester Tip Swab
If you have questions regarding this test, please contact:
Kim Zaharako, M.S., CT(ASCP)MP
Terence Cudahy, M.D.
Medical Director, Mid America Clinical Laboratories