Detection of 7 ‘walking pneumonia cases’, identified by the Capital, Centre says, ‘not linked’ to China

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has detected seven cases of Mycoplasma pneumonia also known as ‘walking pneumonia’ within a time period of six months. It has stretched from April to September this year.

Reacting to the media reports which claimed that these cases were linked to the recent surge in the respiratory infections taking place China, the Centre clarified on Thursday that the following information is “misleading and untrue”. “It is clarified these seven cases have no link whatsoever to the recent surge in respiratory infections in children reported from some parts of the world, including China,” the Union health ministry stated. “…The seven cases have been detected as a part of an ongoing study at AIIMS Delhi in the six month period (April to September 2023) and are no cause for worry. Since January 2023 till date, NO Mycoplasma pneumonia was detected in the 611 samples tested at the Department of Microbiology, AIIMS Delhi as a part of ICMR’s multiple respiratory pathogen surveillance, which included mainly severe acute respiratory illness (SARI, which comprised about 95% of these cases) by real-time PCR,” it added.

The health ministry explained that mycoplasma pneumonia is a common bacterial cause of community-acquired pneumonia. It is actually the cause for nearly 15 to 30 percent of all the infections. “Such surge has not been reported from any part of India,” it recapitulated.

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