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Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Emerges in AIIMS Delhi: A Silent Threat Looms

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Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Emerges in AIIMS Delhi: A Silent Threat Looms

Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacterium frequently responsible for mild cases of pneumonia, has made its presence known in India. AIIMS Delhi, the country's top medical institute, has identified seven instances of this bacterial infection in children between April and September 2023.

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A Global Concern

The disease has been recently spreading in China as well, predominantly among children. These cases in India were identified through diagnostic tests named PCR and ID-MLSA, exhibiting 3% and 16% positive results respectively.

'Walking Pneumonia'

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Unlike the severe symptoms associated with viral pneumonia, Mycoplasma pneumoniae is often mild, earning it the moniker 'walking pneumonia'. According to doctors at AIIMS Delhi, this infection typically affects young children and school-goers, although it can impact anyone. The threat of its spread is elevated in densely populated areas, where people live or work in close proximity.

The Silent Symptoms

Infected children display common symptoms like sore throat, fatigue, fever, and cough that can persist for weeks. The mildness of the symptoms, coupled with their persistence, makes it easy for the disease to go unnoticed and undiagnosed, thereby increasing the risk of transmission.

Need for Increased Surveillance

The emergence of these cases necessitates an amplification in surveillance to prevent widespread transmission of the disease. Considering the mild nature of the infection and its potential to affect a large population, proactive measures are essential to control the spread of the disease.

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