Children in China, Denmark, the United States and the Netherlands are being affected by an outbreak of a new form of bacterial pneumonia called white lung syndrome. The disease mainly affects children between the ages of three and eight.
Accordingly The subway, White lung syndrome pneumonia – the nickname comes from the way the lung damage shows up on scans – is caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a bacterial infection that many antibiotics can’t fight.
The mysterious cases of childhood pneumonia are reaching “epidemic proportions” in Denmark and have frightening similarities to the early days of the coronavirus. The Netherlands also reported a worrying increase in children with pneumonia, and Sweden is also affected.
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The disease is spread through coughing, sneezing, talking, singing and breathing and is transmitted through tiny respiratory droplets.
Several regions in Ohio were also affected by the mysterious outbreak, making Ohio the first place in the United States where cases of the disease have been documented, particularly with a significantly increased rate of children requiring hospitalization.
According to a report by US News and World Report, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had been in contact with China and indicated that the country’s recent surge in respiratory illnesses was not due to a novel pathogen.
“What we know today is that there is an increase in some respiratory diseases in China. They’re seeing them in the northern part of their country and they’re seeing an increase in their pediatric population,” CDC Director Mandy Cohen told a House subcommittee.
“What we know today is that we do not believe this is a new or novel pathogen. We believe it all exists, i.e. COVID, flu, RSV and mycoplasma. But they see an uprising.”
What is White Lung Syndrome?
White lung syndrome is a severe form of pneumonia that can cause scarring and discoloration of the lungs. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of bacterial, viral and environmental factors.
Symptoms of white lung syndrome include:
shortness of breath
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