What do we know about the mysterious disease spreading in China?

Increasing numbers of new pneumonia patients among Chinese children and fears of a repeat of the Covid-19 experience

China is once again on the world’s mind after the rapid spread of respiratory disease cases in recent weeks, which automatically brings to mind the crisis that the entire world has experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospitals in China are witnessing overcrowding with children infected with pneumonia . One children’s hospital in the Chinese city of Tianjin received more than 13,000 children infected with the disease, while Chinese media indicated that the number of patients exceeds the capacity of some hospitals.

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The common bacterial infection among Chinese children is called Mycoplasma pneumoniae, which began to spread last May until it reached its peak during these days.

Is it a new virus?

Chinese officials denied that the cause of the alarming rise in infection cases was a new, unknown virus, and this is likely the result of regular seasonal diseases spreading as the country enters the first winter without restrictions on coronavirus infection.

According to what was published in the British newspaper “The Sun”, the World Health Organization officially requested detailed information regarding the rise in the number of sick children, which raised concerns around the world.

The following is the most important information about pneumonia and its symptoms:

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What is pneumonia?

According to the NHS, pneumonia is a condition of inflammation of the lungs and is usually caused by infection. Patients improve within 2 to 4 weeks, but children, the elderly and people with heart or lung disease are at risk of developing serious illness and may need treatment. Hospital treatment.

The disease causes high temperatures and coughing in children in China, and some other symptoms, include shortness of breath, pain in the chest and body, fatigue, loss of appetite, and wheezing.

Health experts pointed out that the reason behind the significant rise in undiagnosed pneumonia cases in children, in Beijing and Liaoning in northern China, is not yet clear, and it is believed to be caused by more than one disease, including those caused by a respiratory syncytial virus or Influenza or bacteria.

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