Possible Mycoplasma Outbreak

January 24, 2012

Mycoplasma infection can cause any number of symptoms, and may even increase the odds of certain types of cancer.

Most often seen as mycoplasma pneumonia, mycoplasma infections can affect many parts of the body, causing general infection symptoms (fever, weakness) as well as localized symptoms (like for mycoplasma pneumonia: a sever cough with sporadic mucus).

Mycoplasma is a super tiny bacter that’s hard to detect, and even harder to treat with traditional medications: it tends to be antibiotic resistant due to its lack of a cell wall.

Mycoplasma infection may be tied to the numerous outbreaks of walking pneumonia that have been ongoing since last summer. Because it’s hard to test for and harder to treat, some doctors think some of the persistent disease outbreaks might be attributable to mycoplasma infection.

In either case, the best way to prevent mycoplasma infection is standard cold and flu care: wash hands often, cough into your elbow, and make sure to support your immune system.

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