Bordetella pertussis

(board-ah-tell-ah per-tuss-is)
Bordetella pertussis
About This nanobug

Nickname: Pertussis


Morphology: Gram-negative coccobacillus


Habitat: The respiratory tract of some healthy adults can serve as a reservoir for this bacterium.


Disease or illness: Whooping cough and pneumonia


Who is at risk: Infants and young children who have not been immunized


Avoidance techniques: Frequent hand washing when handling infants and children; childhood immunizations (pertussis vaccine is the “P” in DPT shots given to babies)

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