An increase in the number of hospitalizations of children with mycoplasma pneumonia has been detected in Karelia

Following a CNN report about the increase in the incidence of mycoplasma pneumonia in the world, information appeared that 45 children were hospitalized in the infectious diseases hospital of Karelia over the past two months due to an infection caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae. According to the republican authorities, all of them were successfully treated.

In Karelia, there has been an increase in hospitalizations of children for pneumonia caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae, the portal of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) reported, citing local media. Over the past two months, 45 children over the age of one year have been admitted to the infectious diseases hospital of the republic.

Minister of Health of the Republic of Karelia Mikhail Okhlopkov reported that 13 children are currently receiving treatment for mycoplasma pneumonia, eight of them in hospital. He named fever, weakness and a prolonged cough as characteristic symptoms.

The minister identified two reasons for the increase in incidence. According to him, mycoplasma pneumonia has taken the place of coronavirus. In addition, thanks to the creation of a central laboratory on the basis of the Republican Infectious Diseases Hospital, the identification of the virus is being enhanced. All patients successfully receive treatment.

CNN recently reported an increase in the number of cases of mycoplasma pneumonia in several countries. A jump in incidence was detected in the USA, Denmark, France and the Netherlands. In addition, an increase in hospitalizations for mycoplasma pneumonia was reported in Italy and Germany. Most of the sick are children.

Recently, an outbreak of mycoplasma pneumonia was identified in China. In this regard, the WHO stated that they are monitoring the situation and do not see pandemic potential in the outbreak. Representatives of the organization emphasized that mycoplasma pneumonia is a seasonal disease characteristic of the winter period.

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