Emergency Department at Cook Children's Medical Center Sees Alarming Surge in Mycoplasma Pneumonia Cases

July 2, 2024
Find out why the Emergency Department at Cook Children's Medical Center is witnessing a significant surge in Mycoplasma pneumonia cases and what parents can do to safeguard their children's well-being.

According to a July 1 news release, the Emergency Department at Cook Children's Medical Center - Fort Worth is experiencing a significant spike in cases of Mycoplasma pneumonia, which is a common bacterial infection that can cause “walking pneumonia” in children.

Generally, according to the release, the infection presents with cold-like symptoms. Around 10% of cases are more severe, especially for children with pre-existing conditions like asthma.

The release notes, “Last week, 80 out of the 398 patients tested were positive, resulting in a 20% positivity rate across our health care system. Looking at the same week last year, there was a 0% positivity rate. Children are spreading this when they're in close contact with others who have it, like at summer camps and swimming.  This specific type of pneumonia is spread through respiratory droplets. Good handwashing and staying home when not feeling well are the best ways to not spread this disease.”

Further, “Mycoplasma pneumonia is very treatable and is most commonly seen in children over the age of 5. This summer, it is being seen in every age group, from infants to adolescents.”

Severe symptoms of Mycoplasma pneumonia include prolonged coughing, fever, rashes in the mouth, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and large blisters and rashes on the skin.

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