According to a global surveillance study published in The Lancet Microbe journal, seven samples tested positive for the infection caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria at AIIMS Delhi between April and September this year, while Singapore has the highest number of 172 cases in Asia. Were recorded.
Mycoplasma pneumoniae, the bacteria linked to the recent rise in cases of the respiratory disease (pneumonia) in children, has been found in seven samples collected by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, between April and September this year.
A report by Times of India (TOI). AIIMS Delhi is part of a broader group to monitor the spread of mycoplasma pneumonia. Initially thought to be similar to the outbreak of an influenza-like disease in China, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a statement on Thursday clarifying that it has no link to China.
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A Health Ministry release said, “The cases of pneumonia at AIIMS Delhi have no connection with the recent surge in respiratory infections among children in China… No Mycoplasma pneumoniae has been found in 611 samples tested at the department since January 2023.” Has not been found.” of Microbiology, AIIMS Delhi as a part of ICMR’s Multiple Respiratory Pathogen Surveillance, which primarily included severe acute respiratory illness (SARI, which covered about 95 per cent of cases) by real-time PCR.”
“Media reports claiming detection of bacterial cases at AIIMS Delhi linked to the recent surge in pneumonia cases in China are misleading and false,” it said.
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One case was discovered through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, which is done in the early stages of infection, and six cases were discovered through IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) testing, which is done even in the later stages. Can be done, a report in ‘The Lancet Microbe’ said. The positivity rates of PCR and IgM ELISA tests were 3 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
Dr Rama Chaudhary, former head of the microbiology department at AIIMS Delhi and a member of the collective, was quoted by TOI as saying that pneumonia caused by this bacterium is usually mild, which is why it is also called ‘walking pneumonia’ . , However, severe cases can also spread. He said that India should increase surveillance to detect Mycoplasma pneumonia.
ABPA President Shashibhushan Singh appealed to children to wear masks
President of All India Pharmacists Association, Shashi Bhushan Singh has said that to prevent the coming pneumonia, children should wear masks and follow social distancing. He has appealed to the schools to take special care of small children. And motivate them to wear masks and maintain cleanliness so that they can be protected from the suspected Chinese virus.