With the recent outbreak of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in the mainland, Kong Fanyi, director and chair professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, said on the RTHK program this morning (5th) that with the more exchanges between China and Hong Kong, it is believed that there will be a certain impact on Hong Kong, but it is believed that the current situation in Hong Kong is stable, there are not many cases, and most of the cases are mild, even if there are individual patients with white lung, there are also ways to treat them. He also revealed that the new generation of XBB vaccine can be administered next week, and it is recommended that high-risk groups such as the elderly and patients with chronic diseases be vaccinated.


Hung Fan-yi, Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Chair Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (file photo)

Infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Hong Kong is stable

Kong Fan-yi said on RTHK this morning that the current infection situation of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Hong Kong is stable, and most of the cases are children, and the situation is generally stable. He added that most of the cases in children stemmed from the fact that they had not been infected with the relevant diseases and had no antibodies during the new crown epidemic in the past three years, so the infection may be more severe. But the overall condition of Mycoplasma pneumoniae is relaxed.

Regarding the increase in cases in the Mainland, and even the development of white lung in some cases, Kong believes that the frequent travel between the two places does have an impact on Hong Kong, but since the disease is generally mild and there are ways to treat it, the risk of white lung is low, so there is no need to worry too much.

The new generation of XBB vaccine is expected to be administered next week

As for prevention methods, Kong Fanyi does not advise students to wear masks on campus for fear of affecting their studies, and should stay home and rest if they are sick. He also said that the new generation of XBB vaccine is expected to be administered next week, and it is recommended that high-risk groups such as patients with chronic diseases be vaccinated.

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