pertussis

  1. One source says that Bordetella pertussis is the cause of whooping cough,
    that Bordetella is a genus of bacteria

    another source says that Haemophilus pertussis is the cause of whooping
    cough.

    (Haemophilus is a genus of hemophilic gram-negative bacteria)

    How is Bordetella linked with Haemophilus?
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  3. by   labcat01
    I don't believe Bordetella and Haemophilus are linked.
    Bordetella is the genus of bacteria that causes whooping cough/pertussis.
    Haemophilus is the genus of bacteria that causes meningitis, bactermia, and a lot of other nasties. The closest they come to being related (as far as I know) is belonging to the same phylum. I could be completely wrong- if someone else knows differently I hope they post
  4. by   GingerSue
    thanks,
    maybe listing "H. pertussis = whooping cough" under the section of Haemophilus organisms in this book is an error (as I recall, I had
    discovered another error in this book when it listed an organism in
    the wrong category)
    Last edit by GingerSue on Apr 25, '07 : Reason: spelling
  5. by   oMerMero
    The NIH lists haemophilus pertussis as another name for bordetella pertussis. My understanding is that "back in the day" pertussis was referred to as H. pertussis until more was known about it. Today it is known as bordetella pertussis.
  6. by   GingerSue
    thanks, I'll check

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