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An acute bacterial respiratory infection similar to mild pertussis and caused by Bordetella pertussis.



an acute infectious disease of man resembling whooping cough (pertussis) in etiology, epidemiology, and clinical symptoms. Parapertussis may occur at any age, but it generally affects children three to five years of age. It is rare among children less than one year of age. The source of infection is a sick person and the mode of transmission is by airborne droplets. The patient is infectious for two weeks from onset of the disease.

The main symptom is a cough, sometimes paroxysmal, as in whooping cough, but the attacks are less frequent and of shorter duration. Rhinitis and a normal or slightly elevated body temperature are common. The usual outcome is complete recovery; complications are extremely rare. Vaccination or a previous history of whooping cough do not result in immunity to parapertussis. The duration and method of isolating patients are the same as in whooping cough, but only children under one year of age are isolated.

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Positive cultures were confirmed by the use of agglutination sera (Remel) to identify Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis.
parapertussis occurred in only a small number of cases.
Purchases of reagent kits for detection of respiratory bacteria Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Legionella pneumophila, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae.
Activity of new macrolides against Bordetella pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is an upper respiratory infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis or Bordetella parapertussis bacteria.
Another group, acquired by airborne respiratory syncytial virus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and hominis, without ruling out the possibility of Bordetella pertussis or parapertussis (7,8).
Twenty two people have died and a further 361 are suffering from whooping coughs, a contagious disease caused by Bordetella Parapertussis bacteria.
Se debe, en realidad, a dos especies del mismo genero: la Bordetella pertussis y la Bordetella parapertussis.
Comparison of culture and PCR for detection of Bordetella pertussis and parapertussis under routine laboratory conditions.
Gram-negative coccobacilli were identified as B pertussis and Bordetella parapertussis using fluorescent antibody stain (Difco, VWR, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) and a fluorescence microscope (Olympus, Markham, Ontario, Canada).
A bonus of the DTaP is some crossover protection against the parapertussis bacteria, a cousin of pertussis.