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Volume 11, Number 11—November 2005


Spelling of Emerging Pathogens

John E. Moore*Comments to Author  and B. Cherie Millar*
Author affiliations: *Belfast City Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

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Common spellings of binomial names of organisms*

Organism name
[no. citations in PubMed]* Spelling variants
[no. citations in PubMed] Date official spelling first described
Acinetobacter baumannii [844] A. baumanii [117]
A. baumanni [18]
A. baumani [6] 1986†
Coccidioides‡ [1,209] Coccidiodes [17]
Coccidoides [4]
Cocidioides [2]
Coccidioidis [1] 1896§
Coxiella burnetii [1,531] C. burneti [374]
C. burnetti [199]
C. burnettii [16] 1980¶
Tropheryma whipplei [52] T. whippelii [118]
T. whippleii [5]
T. whippeli [4] 2001#

*Organism name in List of Bacterial Names with Standing in Nomenclature; search conducted June 2005.
†Approved name described by Bouvet and Grimont (ref 1).
Coccidioides is not a bacterium but a fungus; however, this name is described in the Index Fungorum.
§First described by Stiles (ref 2).
¶Approved name described by Skerman et al. (ref 3); first described by Derrick (ref 4) as Rickettsia burneti, the cause of Q fever.
#Approved names described by La Scola et al. (ref 5); 1992, Relman et al. (ref 6) tentatively proposed the name "T. whippelii."

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