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Bordetella pertussis, the etiologic agent of pertussis, is a fastidious gram-negative pleomorphic aerobic bacillus that attaches to ciliated epithelial cells of the nasopharynx, multiplies locally, and produces a wide array of toxins and biologically active products.

  • B. parapertussis causes a similar, though typically milder, illness. B. holmesii causes up to 20% of pertussis-like syndromes.
  • The most important toxin in B. pertussis is pertussis toxin, which has ADP ribosylating activity. The absence of this toxin in B. parapertussis may explain the milder illness.

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TY - ELEC T1 - PERTUSSIS ID - 623657 ED - Fauci,Anthony S, ED - Hauser,Stephen L, ED - Jameson,J Larry, ED - Kasper,Dennis L, ED - Longo,Dan L, ED - Loscalzo,Joseph, BT - Harrison's Manual of Medicine UR - PB - McGraw Hill Inc. ET - 19 DB - Harrison's Manual of Medicine DP - Unbound Medicine ER -