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Bordetella holmesii in children suspected of pertussis in Argentina

  • D. BOTTERO (a1), M. M. GRIFFITH (a2), C. LARA (a3), D. FLORES (a1), L. PIANCIOLA (a4), M. E. GAILLARD (a1), M. MAZZEO (a4), M. I. ZAMBONI (a5), M. J. SPOLETI (a6), E. ANCHART (a7), D. RUGGERI (a3), C. SORHOUET (a3), S. FIORI (a1), M. GALAS (a3), M. L. TONDELLA (a2) and D. F. HOZBOR (a1)
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  • Published online: 05 July 2012

We describe nine patients (eight aged <1 year) clinically diagnosed with pertussis yet laboratory-confirmed with Bordetella holmesii infections, a human pathogen normally isolated from blood. Most patients reported cough and cold symptoms. No death was reported. We report B. holmesii isolation in infants with respiratory symptoms in Argentina.

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*Author for correspondence: Dr D. Hozbor, Laboratorio VacSal, Instituto de Biotecnología y Biología Molecular, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, CCT La Plata CONICET, Calles 47 y 115 (1900), La Plata, Argentina. (Email:
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