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Walking Pneumonia

Context:

Recently, a mysterious influenza-like illness termed as Walking Pneumonia has gripped school children in China.

Relevance:

GS II: Health

Walking Pneumonia: A Mild Form of Respiratory Infection

  • Walking pneumonia, or atypical pneumonia, is a less severe form of pneumonia primarily caused by bacteria, such as Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
  • Termed “walking” pneumonia due to its mild symptoms, allowing individuals to continue daily activities without requiring hospitalization or bed rest.
Prevalence and Transmission:
  • Common in Children: More prevalent among children, especially those aged 5 to 15, often transmitted in close-contact settings like schools.
  • Airborne Transmission: Spread through airborne droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking, emphasizing the role of close contact in infection transmission.
Symptoms:
  • Mild Symptoms: Symptoms are generally mild and may include a persistent cough, fever, sore throat, headache, runny nose, ear pain, and occasional chest discomfort from coughing.
Treatment:
  • Antibiotics: Treatment involves antibiotics to target the specific bacteria causing the infection, aiding in a quicker recovery.

-Source: The Hindu


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