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South Korea: 90 cases of mycoplasma pneumonia Reported

South Korea: 90 cases of mycoplasma pneumonia Reported, more than three times the number in the same period last year



South Korea: 90 cases of mycoplasma pneumonia Reported, more than three times the number in the same period last year

Unknown Infection Strikes China, South Korea Witnesses Rapid Surge in Patients, Warning of a Major Outbreak.

 

https://medicaltrend.org/2023/10/25/mycoplasma-pneumonia-another-covid-19-outbreak-in-china/

 

 

[November 2, KOREA WAVE] News of an outbreak of mycoplasma pneumonia in China has raised concerns in South Korea as well. It is believed to occur in a four-year cycle, and there is a high likelihood of an outbreak in South Korea this year.

According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of mycoplasma pneumonia patients in South Korea from October 8 to 14 was 90, which is more than three times the number during the same period the previous year (27 patients). The outbreak gradually expanded from late August, and by early October, the number of patients had surged to 122, with around 100 new cases occurring every week.

Mycoplasma is a bacteria that causes symptoms similar to a cold, including fever, cough, and sore throat, and it is transmitted through respiratory droplets. Some cases lead to inflammation in the throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs. Most of the patients are children and young individuals, with approximately 8 out of 10 hospitalized patients in South Korea being between the ages of 1 and 12.

Particularly, the strengthened epidemic prevention measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have weakened the overall immune systems of children. Health authorities are closely monitoring the situation.

Mycoplasma pneumonia has previously occurred in 2011, 2015, and 2019, and it is expected to follow the four-year cycle this year as well. In 2019, during the 41st week, the number of patients reached 455.

Professor Om Jun-sik from Kachon University Hospital stated, “Mycoplasma can enter the respiratory mucous membrane that has been damaged by respiratory viruses like influenza and adenovirus, significantly increasing the risk of pneumonia. The probability of it spreading this year, mainly among children and young individuals, is quite high.”


Mycoplasma Pneumonia: Another “COVID-19” Outbreak in China?

 

 

South Korea: 90 cases of mycoplasma pneumonia Reported, more than three times the number in the same period last year

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