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    Experts warn nation may see spike in walking pneumonia
    By Wang Songsong | | Updated: 2023-10-13 21:07

    Doctors are warning that 2023 may see a spike of mycoplasma pneumonia infections as the number of patients increases in several regions, China News Service reported. The infection is commonly referred to as "walking pneumonia" because it rarely requires hospitalization.

    During the eight-day National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, more than 1,000 patients visited the fever clinic at the Zhujiang new town branch of Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center. Most of them were respiratory tract infections, specifically walking pneumonia.

    "In previous years, we typically observed a downward trend of infected cases within a quarter, but this year it has persisted for over five months," said Li Shuhua, director of the internal medicine clinic at Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center.

    Li added that since June of this year, cases of walking pneumonia have increased. As of now, various respiratory infections in children have been risen rapidly. In addition to respiratory syncytial virus, parainfluenza virus, rhinovirus, and influenza virus, 20 to 30 percent of child patients have been infected with mycoplasma pneumonia.​..

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    This year may be a big year for the epidemic of Mycoplasma pneumoniae. The number of children in hospitals in many places has increased. Experts have responded.
    Lanfeng talks about society2023-10-12 15:39Shanxi

    Recently, hospitals in many places have reported an increase in the number of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection cases, which has aroused widespread concern in society. This infection will appear in epidemic cycles every 3 to 5 years and is currently in a period of high incidence. Experts remind that Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection is more harmful to children, and preventive measures should be strengthened to avoid serious complications.

    It is understood that since September, the number of children with Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection admitted to pediatric hospitals in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Henan, Hebei and other places has increased significantly. The main symptoms of this infection include cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. In severe cases, it can also cause pneumonia and bronchitis. At present, the incidence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection has increased across the country. For more than a month starting from September, it was basically at its peak.

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