Bordetella

(bord″ĕ-tel′ă)

[From Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet, Belgian immunologist and microbiologist, 1870- 1961]
A genus of hemolytic gram-negative coccobacilli of the family Alcaligenaceae. Some species are parasitic and pathogenic in warm-blooded animals, including humans.

Bordetella bronchiseptica

A species that causes respiratory infections that primarily infect nonhuman mammals.

Bordetella parapertussis

A species that causes a slightly milder whooping cough than that caused by B. pertussis.

Bordetella pertussis

A species that causes whooping cough.
SEE: pertussis

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