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Increased reports of Mycoplasma pneumoniae from laboratories in Scotland in 2010 and 2011-impact of the epidemic in infants

Increased reports of Mycoplasma pneumoniae from laboratories in Scotland in 2010 and 2011-impact of the epidemic in infants

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  • N. J. Gadsby
  • A. J. Reynolds
  • J. McMenamin
  • R. N. Gunson
  • S. McDonagh
  • P. J. Molyneaux
  • D. L. Yirrell
  • K. E. Templeton

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Original languageEnglish
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Pages15-18
Number of pages4
JournalEurosurveillance
Journal publication date8 Mar 2012
Journal number10
Volume17
StatePublished

Abstract

In common with reports from other European countries, we describe a substantial increase in the number of laboratory reports of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Scotland in 2010 and 2011. The highest number of reports came from those aged one year and younger. However, reports from young children were more likely to come from PCR testing than serological testing.

In light of the increasing incidence of M. pneumoniae in other parts of the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe in 2010 and 2011, we examined the numbers of M. pneumoniae laboratory reports in Scotland from January 2008 to December 2011. Here we describe the temporal distribution of reports and the age groups most affected.

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