Eight-Year Review of Bordetella pertussis Testing Reveals Seasonal Pattern in the United States.

Review of Bordetella pertussis polymerase chain reaction testing from 2007 through 2014 revealed a yearly spike in positivity rates during the summer throughout the United States. Paradoxically, the highest test volumes occurred outside of this time frame, which provides an opportunity for improved test utilization.

Authors:Bhatti MM1, Rucinski SL1, Schwab JJ1, Cole NC1, Gebrehiwot SA1, Patel R2.
Journal:J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015
Link:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26621328