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Whooping cough

Diagnosis and reporting

For information about diagnosis and reporting please see the PHE website.

There is more detailed information on diagnosis and management on the CKS website

Whooping cough is a notifiable disease and if suspected then PHE should be informed. Do not wait for confirmation of diagnosis.

Advice on testing should be obtained from PHE but as a general guide:

If cough <2 weeks duration then take a pernasal swab (all ages).

If cough >2 weeks duration and age >17 then send blood for pertussis serology.

If cough >2 weeks duration and age <17 then discuss with PHE.