Also known as walking pneumonia, the bacterium Mycoplasma causes an atypical pneumonia. Unlike typical pneumonia, this form lasts longer, lacks sputum and has extra-pulmonary symptoms. There are frequent outbreaks of Mycoplasma pneumonia in people living in close quarters, such as military recruits and in prisons. This bacteria is one of the common causes of pneumonia in individuals ages 4 weeks to 65 years.
This gram positive, langet shaped, alpha hemolytic, optochin sensitive, bile soluble, diplococci presents as a typical pneumonia except for the identifying symptom of rusty colored sputum. It is one of the common causes of pneumonia in everyone >4 weeks of age.
This bacteria causes an atypical pneumonia that is usually milder. Patients present with a short lived fever, and cough with little sputum production that may persist for several weeks.
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