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Volume 5, Number 3—June 1999

Dispatch

Bordetella holmesii-Like Organisms Isolated from Massachusetts Patients with Pertussis-Like Symptoms

W. Katherine YihComments to Author , Ellen A. Silva, James Ida, Nancy Harrington, Susan M. Lett, and Harvey George
Author affiliations: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Bordetella species isolated from nasopharyngeal (NP) specimens at the Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, 1994–1998


1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
B. pertussis 75 4.2 140 5.8 325 8.9 132 5.6 165 6.6
B. parapertussis 7 0.4 20 0.8 32 0.9 11 0.5 NA NA
B. holmesii 0 0 3a 0.1 6 0.2 9 0.4 15 0.6
Total NP specimens reported 1,792 2,399 3,653 2,375 2,508

aDoes not include the one case of B. holmesii isolated from blood.

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