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HSL labs update: Bordetella pertussis PCR testing changes introduced

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From Monday 1 July 2024, Health Services Laboratories (HSL) will offer Bordetella pertussis (causes whooping cough) PCR testing on-site at the Halo laboratory, using the RealAccurate Quadruplex Bordetella PCR kit by Pathofinder.

Up until now, all Bordetella pertussis PCR test requests have been referred to an external laboratory, with a 5–7 day turnaround time to result. The implementation of an on-site test, will reduce the turnaround time to 2-3 days, aiding public health management of positive Bordetella pertussis cases.

Further information can be found in the communications below or contact: hsl@hslpathology.com.

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Communication of change to Bordetella Pertussis PCR testing, July 2024

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Service update, Bordetella Pertussis PCR testing, HSL, July 2024

Expiry date: Sunday, 08 September 2024