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Japan: Outbreak of Mycoplasma pneumonia

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  • Japan: Outbreak of Mycoplasma pneumonia


    Latest outbreak of pneumonia threatens children most
    By YUSUKE OGAWA/ Staff Writer
    November 9, 2016 at 15:30 JST
    The Asahi Shimbun

    A pneumonia particularly dangerous to children is sweeping through Japan, caused by a drug-resistant strain of bacteria that spreads through coughing and sneezing.

    Mycoplasma pneumonia’s symptoms include dry coughs and high fever. Even after the fever has subsided, the coughing can linger for several weeks.

    Health experts are calling for people to take precautions against mycoplasma bacteria, such as wearing surgical masks and frequently washing their hands.

    The average number of patients reported by about 500 medical institutions was 1.61 for the week starting from Oct. 17, a record since the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) began collecting data in 1999.

    Preliminary figures released Nov. 8 by the NIID showed there were 691 patients over the week starting from Oct. 24, or 1.46 per medical institution...