The hospital mortality for the (White Lung Syndrome) MP-infected patients admitted to the ICU was 29.4%

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Despite MPP been considered a “benign” infection, reports suggest that there is significant morbidity and mortality associated with it. A study looking at all patients admitted with MP infections from 2007 to 2012 at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre identified 416 patients, of which 68 (16.3%) required intensive care unit (ICU) admission. ICU care was required for 18% of adult patients aged 19 – 65 years and 46.6% for older patients. The hospital mortality for the MP-infected patients admitted to the ICU was 29.4% [3]. A small review of 46 patients admitted with MPP showed that younger males who are smokers are most susceptible to fulminant MPP. The authors proposed that strong immune responses of the young male smokers to the infection could have led to the adverse outcome [4]. Severe forms of MP infection have heterogeneous clinical presentations from diffuse alveolar hemorrhage, cavitary lesions and ARDS [1].

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The importance of early administration of antibiotics for MPP patients was reinforced in a study of 227 MPP patients. The 13 (6%) patients that required admission to ICUs for acute respiratory failure did not receive appropriate antibiotics until approximately 10 days after diagnosis [112]. ICU care for elderly patients has been reported at approximately 9% with almost a third of those patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

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(NewsNation) — An outbreak of pediatric pneumonia cases in Ohio is causing concern among parents worried the spread of the illness is linked to a surge in similar cases in China and other countries around the globe.

Ohio is the first state in the U.S. to report an outbreak of the illness, with an ‘extremely high’ number of children being hospitalized.

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The strain of pneumonia, dubbed “white lung syndrome,” has spawned 142 pediatric cases in Ohio’s Warren County since August of this year, according to a press release from the Warren County Health District (WCHD).

The number of cases exceeds the county average and meets the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) definition of an “outbreak.”

However, officials do not think it is a new respiratory disease but “rather a large uptick in the number of pneumonia cases normally seen at one time,” according to a WCHD spokesperson.

Ohio is the first state to report an outbreak of pediatric pneumonia
The average age of the affected children is 8, the youngest is 3
The most common symptoms are a cough, fever and fatigue.


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