Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Precautions

Droplet / Contact Precautions
Droplet / Contact Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Fastidious short rod that does not gram stain - an "atypical"

Epidemiology

Particularly common in school aged children and other crowded environments such as college and military institutions

Associated syndromes

Atypical pneumonia

Post-infectious syndromes from antibodies include hemolysis from cold agglutinins, rash, encephalitis, arthritis, and rarely cardiac involvement

Additional Information

Maintain precautions for the duration of illness or contact IPAC.

A PCR test is available on throat specimens.