Recently, there has been an outbreak of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in the mainland, and Ye Pak-keung, clinical professor of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Sciences of the School of Clinical Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, said on RTHK this morning (4th) that Mycoplasma pneumoniae is very common, and it can be transmitted by close contact or droplets, and it is easy to break out in schools and residential care homes, but ninety percent of the cases are general upper respiratory tract infections. However, he also pointed out that the number of serious cases has increased, and if children and the elderly are infected with the virus at the same time, the condition will become serious, and some people will even need to be hung with saline and stay in the hospital for a month. He said that the peak of influenza has not yet arrived, but hospital beds are already in short supply, and he is worried that it will become more crowded in the future, and advised the public to get vaccinated against influenza and new crown to fight other viruses.
Dr. Leung Tsz-chiu, a respiratory specialist, said that if you go to a place where the epidemic is severe, you should get a flu vaccine first, avoid going to crowded places, and wear a mask when necessary.

Professor Yip Pak-keung, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (File photo/Photo by Wong Man-hin)

Ip Pak-keung said on RTHK's program "Millennium" this morning that Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection is on the rise, but he believes that there is no need to be overly worried, if only the disease is infected, the situation is generally not serious, and about 90% of the cases are just ordinary upper respiratory tract infections. However, he also mentioned that if the elderly and children are infected with other viruses at the same time, such as filtering viruses, the disease will become severe, and some people may be infected with three or four viruses at the same time.

Ye Pak-keung added that among the serious cases, pneumonia may occur, and the most serious case may cause the brain, or the saline may be suspended, and some people may even be hospitalized for a week. When asked why the number of cases had increased, he said that as people had taken off their masks, they had frequent social activities, and in the past few years, the antibodies of the new crown epidemic had become weaker under the protection of masks.

As for how to prevent it, Yip Pak-keung pointed out that there is no vaccine for Mycoplasma pneumoniae, but it is about to enter the peak season of influenza, and the new crown virus may be more active in winter, so it is recommended that members of the public receive the two vaccines and avoid attending classes if children feel unwell. He also said that although the peak of influenza has not yet arrived, there is a shortage of hospital beds, and he is worried that hospitals will be more crowded in the future.

Respiratory specialist Dr Leung Tsz-chiu (file photo)

Liang Zichao said in the same program that in fact, Mycoplasma pneumoniae has always existed, and there is a peak every few years, and it has also been prevalent in the Hong Kong community for a period of time. He suggested that if you are travelling to places where the epidemic is severe, you should get influenza vaccination first, avoid going to crowded places, and wear masks when necessary.

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