Wanted: Bordetella pertussis

By: Evi Heinen and Rylee O'Bryan

General Physical Description

The bordetella are small, rod shaped, gram-negative.
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The Bordetella pertussis can enter the body from an infected individual sneezing on an uninfected. This bacteria travels to the lungs where it creates toxins in mucus that are difficult to cough up, creating a whooping cough.

Most Common Victim

Children and Teens

Hide Out

Human respiratory system

Most Common Injury

Whooping cough, runny nose, sneezing, and mild fever

Is it armed and dangerous?

Extremely dangerous to humans of a young age, such as infants or toddlers

Number of victims

3,000-8,000 since the 1980s

Most effective weapons against

Vaccination for prevention

Antibiotics for treatment

Identifying Characteristics

Resides in hosts individually or in small groups

Grows at an optimal temperature of 35-37 degrees Celsius

Works Cited

  • "Pertussis (Whooping Cough)." Pertussis. Public Heath Agency of Canada, 19 Aug. 2011. Web. 01 Apr. 2016.
  • Finger, Horst. "Bordetella." Bordetella. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2016.
  • "Pertussis (Whooping Cough)." - Body, Contagious, Causes, What Is Pertussis? Advameg, Inc., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2016.
  • "Institutional Links." Bordetella Pertussis. Public Heath Agency of Canada, 19 Aug. 2011. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.