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Mycoplasma pneumoniae Infection in the United Kingdom—1967-73

Br Med J 1974; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5918.544 (Published 08 June 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;2:544

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  1. N. D. Noah

    Abstract

    A widespread epidemic of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in the United Kingdom occurred over a 30-month period in 1970-72. A small epidemic may also have occurred in 1967-68. Though the incidence of M. pneumoniae infection is known to change from year to year in small communities, a varying epidemicity in the population of a country has not previously been demonstrated.

    As expected, lower respiratory tract infection was the most common manifestation of infection; and the highest attack rates were in children aged 5-9 years. Elderly persons appear to be affected uncommonly.

    Footnotes

    • * An analysis of routine reports from laboratories of the Public Health Laboratory Service and Hospital Laboratories.

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