December 07, 2023
Reports of pneumonia cases have made headlines in the U.S. and abroad, but public health officials stress that respiratory illnesses are common heading into the winter season.
In a statement this month, the CDC noted it was monitoring increased respiratory illness around the world, with multiple areas in Asia and Europe seeing increases in Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Ireland has seen a rise in cases for both children and teens that is above the level last year.
In the U.S., Warren County, Ohio recently reported a rise in pneumonia cases in children ages 3 to 14. As of November 30, the county reported 145 cases. Officials emphasized there was no evidence of a novel pathogen, and it does not appear to be linked to cases in the rest of the state, nationally, or internationally.
“While the number of cases is higher this year, the severity is similar to previous years,” the Warren County Health District said in a statement. “Most cases recover at home and are treated with antibiotics.”
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