Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Diagnosis and epidemiology of Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a bacterium that causes acute respiratory illness, ranging in severity from mild respiratory illness to severe pneumonia.

The bacterium can be fatal for a small number of people and has on rare occasions been associated with severe complications such as encephalitis. Most laboratory reports are of infection in children aged from 5 to 14 years, and adults aged 30 to 39 years.

The infection is found in patients of all ages, including children under 5 years and occasionally in adults aged 65 years and over.



Published 24 July 2019
Last updated 12 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added laboratory report summaries 2020.

  2. First published.