Bordetella Parapertussis is a bacterial infection that is a cause of pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is characterized by severe coughing spells that can last for several weeks.
According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the incidence of pertussis in the United States has been increasing in recent years. In 2020, a total of 10,015 cases of pertussis were reported to the CDC, which represents a significant increase from previous years.
The symptoms of pertussis caused by Bordetella Parapertussis typically develop 5-10 days after exposure to the bacteria. The initial symptoms are like those of the common cold, including a runny nose, low-grade fever, and mild cough.
After 1-2 weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by rapid coughing spells followed by a high-pitched “whooping” sound when the person breathes in. These coughing spells can last for several minutes and can be severe enough to cause vomiting, loss of consciousness, and other complications.
In addition to antibiotic treatment, supportive care is also important. This can include measures such as maintaining hydration, providing adequate nutrition, and controlling fever.
At Solaris Diagnostics, we can test for Bordetella Parapertussis disease by using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Solaris Diagnostics Laboratories offer a Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) that tests multiple respiratory pathogens, Results are usually received within 24hrs of specimen being received.