How is a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough) defined?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph J Bocka, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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A confirmed case is defined as one of the following:

  • Any cough illness in which B pertussis is isolated and cultured (see the image below)

  • A case consistent with the clinical case definition confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay findings or epidemiologic linkage to a laboratory-confirmed case

    A photomicrograph of the bacterium Bordetella pert A photomicrograph of the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, using Gram stain technique.

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