Bordetella pertussis


Bordetella pertussis. Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of whooping cough bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. This rod-shaped, gram-negative bazilli cause whooping cough mainly in infants. This infectious disease of the respiratory tract produces fits of coughing that end in loud inspiratory whoops. Potentially fatal in small babies these bacteria are spread in coughed droplets. Antibiotic drugs have a limited effect and the desease must run its course. A pertussis vaccination is effective.

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