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Health advisory: Increase in Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections in Victoria

Status: Active

Date issued: 13 March 2024

Issued by: Dr Clare Looker, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages

  • In recent months, the number of mycoplasma infections in Victoria has increased.
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a common respiratory pathogen that typically causes mild respiratory symptoms however it can lead to severe pneumonia.
  • Clinicians should consider the possibility of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in people presenting with pneumonia, particularly children and adolescents.
  • If mycoplasma infection in suspected, send a PCR for atypical bacteria, and provide appropriate antimicrobial cover.
  • Read the full advisory at: Increase in Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections in Victoria

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