Asymptomatic carriage of Mycoplasma pneumoniae common in…

Asymptomatic carriage of Mycoplasma pneumoniae common in children

Remember Koch’s Postulates? These are the four criteria designed to establish a causal relationship between a causative microbe and a disease, 

The bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae is carried at high rates in the upper respiratory tracts of healthy children and usual diagnostic tests cannot differentiate between such asymptomatic carriage and actual respiratory tract infection, according to a new study. These findings are important as they suggest that clinicians may need to reconsider the clinical significance of a positive test result for the presence of this bacterium.

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