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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2011 Feb;17(2):201-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2010.03258.x.

Evaluation of eight cases of confirmed Bordetella bronchiseptica infection and colonization over a 15-year period.

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Division of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, University of Geneva Hospitals and Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland.

Abstract

We describe eight human cases of Bordetella bronchiseptica infection and colonization over a 15-year period. Amongst the eight patients, seven had significant underlying disease. Cat exposure was documented in three cases. Symptoms ranged from asymptomatic carriage to severe pneumonia. We could not identify a homogeneous pattern of clinical disease among symptomatic patients. Although B. bronchiseptica infection remains a rare clinical condition among humans, it should be considered as potentially pathogenic when found in airways of immunocompromised patients.

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