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Any of various small, gram-negative coccobacilli of the genus Bordetella, some of which are pathogenic in the human respiratory tract. It includes B. pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough.

[New Latin Bordetella, genus name, after Jules Jean Baptiste Vincent Bordet (1870-1961), Belgian bacteriologist.]
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Comparison of ribotyping and restriction enzyme analysis for inter- and intraspecies discrimination of Bordetella avium and Bordetella hinzii.
This is notably the case in Bordetella avium (1), Clostridium botulinum (2), Corynebacterium diphtheriae (3), Escherichia coli (4), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (5), Shigella dysenteriae (6), Staphylococcus aureus (7) and Streptococcus pyogenes (8).