The authorities in China have reported an increase in the incidence of respiratory diseases and have attributed this to the circulation of various pathogens, such as mycoplasma pneumonia.
- Mycoplasma Pneumonia is a type of bacteria that acts more like a virus and spreads faster from person to person.
- It infiltrates both sides of the lungs, increasing cough and breathing difficulties. It damages the lining of the respiratory system (throat, lungs, windpipe).
- It is not as rapidly infectious as a virus but it can affect our throat and our nasal cavities and descend to the lungs very quickly, causing pneumonia.
- Signs include the breakup of red blood cells, a skin rash and joint pain.
- Children may report a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, watery eyes, wheezing, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
- The bacteria can cause pneumonia in any age group, especially in children, elderly or those with weakened lungs.
- Vulnerable groups, who already have respiratory issues, are prone to developing this infection in a severe form.
- There are multiple antibiotics that effectively cure this infection