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|The most accurate diagnostic testing for whooping cough requires a week or more to grow the pertussis bacteria from a sample from a patient's nose or throat. Sometimes that's too long for health authorities to take action to prevent the disease from spreading.
Increasingly, doctors have depended on a faster, but less accurate test. Different labs do the tests differently, leading to uneven results, experts say.
I suggested testing for it when dc#2 was so sick (he got it when he was 5 months old at the time), but the docs poo poo'ed the idea that he could have it. Of course, they may well have tested for it (I do remember nose swaps happening) and it came back negative...I cannot remember at this point. I do remember that he projectile vomited the antibiotic they gave him...
I'm off topic...sorry