Scientists are growing increasingly concerned about a condition dubbed 'white lung syndrome', linked to pneumonia caused by the antibiotic-resistant bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae. This illness has seen a rise in cases among children, particularly in China, but on a global scale as well. Experts believe this vulnerability is due to a lack of previous exposure to this specific microbe.
The Rise of Pneumonia Pathogens
On the Greek TV show 'Society Hour MEGA', Pediatrician Spyros Mazanis and Assistant Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology Gikas Majorkinis discussed the syndrome. They noted that the rise in known pathogens causing pneumonia is not due to a new pathogen, but rather to common microbes causing an outbreak in hospitals abroad. This rise in pneumonia cases among children and adults is not unique to China and could potentially occur in other countries, including Greece.
Majorkinis mentioned that the World Health Organization (WHO) responded when a signal from China indicated a large number of pneumonia cases difficult to manage. Both experts emphasized the importance of vaccination and personal hygiene as preventive measures. They clarified that the current situation does not warrant emergency measures within the Greek National Health System (ESY).
Mycoplasma Pneumoniae: A Known Threat
Mazanis underlined that Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a well-known bacterium that can often be treated with common antibiotics without the need for hospitalization. He added that outbreaks tend to occur every 2-3 years globally. This discussion sheds light on an important health issue, amidst the coverage of a myriad of other topics, from promising football players to legislative improvements and other health-related studies.