Epidemic level of mycoplasma respiratory infection in Denmark

Health authorities are recording epidemic levels of a contagious respiratory infection caused by a germ called mycoplasma. the majority of cases have been reported in the Capital Region and the Region of Northern Jutland, where 24 per cent of patients tested positive for mycoplasma in the past 4 weeks.

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Mycoplasma infections affect mostly young children, older adults and people with weak immune systems. The main symptoms include a dry cough, chest pain and fever. Pneumonia may occur. Diagnosis in the early stages is difficult because of the 'mild' symptoms that resemble an ordinary cold.

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