The Genus Bordetella

Authored by: Rita Austin , Tonya Shearin-Patterson

Practical Handbook of Microbiology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781466587397
eBook ISBN: 9781466587403
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The species of genus Bordetella are small non-spore-forming gram-negative aerobic coccobacilli and consist of nine members. Among them are the more notable and familiar mammalian pathogens Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis hu, which cause whooping cough in humans; B. parapertussis ov, which causes a respiratory disease in sheep; and Bordetella bronchiseptica, which causes respiratory diseases in numerous mammals. 1 7 Genetic data suggest that these four are related enough to actually be subspecies of a single ancestor of B. bronchiseptica and are sometimes referred to as the B. bronchiseptica cluster. 2 , 3 , 8 10

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