Prevention and Treatment

There are no specific preventive measures. Disinfection of the environment, use of sterile respiratory equipment, and use of antimicrobial medications only when necessary help control the organisms in hospitals.

See table 23.7 for a description of the main features of this disease.

Mycoplasmal Pneumonia

Mycoplasmal pneumonia is the leading kind of pneumonia in college students and is also common among military recruits. The disease is generally mild, is often referred to by the popular name, "walking pneumonia," and usually does not require hospitalization.

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