Whooping cough caused by Bordetella parapertussis

Julia Bolding, Deepak Kamat

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Bordetella parapertussis can cause whooping cough, although it is usually of a milder nature than that caused by Bordetella pertussis. Infants as well as adults can be affected. Polymerase chain reaction assays can differentiate B pertussis from B parapertussis. More research is needed to determine whether treatment is appropriate for B parapertussis infection and whether prophylactic treatment is necessary following exposure to B parapertussis. We present the case of a 10-week-old infant and a review of the literature on parapertussis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Bordetella
  • Parapertussis
  • Pertussis
  • Polymerase chain reaction assay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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