Caused by a type of mycoplasma bacteria, mycoplasmosis is a respiratory illness that is spread through close contact and the saliva of affected individuals.
Also known as walking pneumonia or atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmosis is a respiratory condition. The condition is called “walking pneumonia” because it is often accompanied by a mild case of pneumonia [link to Pneumonia page in Primary Care section].
There are about 200 types of mycoplasma bacteria, but most of them do not cause any complications. The only type that can cause respiratory illness is mycoplasma pneumonia.
A type of mycoplasma bacteria known as mycoplasma pneumonia causes mycoplasmosis. It is spread through contact with the saliva of an infected person. This means a child can contract the virus by being in close proximity to someone with the infection who sneezes or coughs.
Signs and symptoms of mycoplasmosis can last for a few days to more than a month, and may include: