Pneumonia cases in AIIMS Delhi have no link to the recent surge in respiratory infections in children in China: Health Ministry

BY | Thursday, 7 December, 2023

The Ministry of Health on Thursday debunked the recent news report’s claim that AIIMS Delhi has detected seven bacterial cases linked to the recent surge in Pneumonia cases in China. The news report is ill-informed and provides misleading information, stated the PIB.

“It is clarified that these seven cases have no link whatsoever to the recent surge in respiratory infections in children reported from some parts of the world, including China. The seven cases have been detected as a part of an ongoing study at AIIMS Delhi in the six month period (April to September 2023) and is no cause for worry,” stated the Press Information Bureau, Delhi.

Since January 2023 till date, no Mycoplasma pneumonia was detected in the 611 samples tested at the Department of Microbiology, AIIMS Delhi as a part ICMR’s multiple respiratory pathogen surveillance, which included mainly severe acute respiratory illness (SARI, which comprised about 95 percent of these cases) by real-time PCR.

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Mycoplasma pneumonia is the most common bacterial cause of community acquired pneumonia. It is the reason for nearly 15-30 percent of all such infections. Such surge has not been reported from any part of India, informed the PIB.

The Bureau also assured that the Union Health Ministry is in touch with state health authorities and is keeping a close watch on the situation on an everyday basis.

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