Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infection

4 Interesting Facts of Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infection

  1. Causes atypical pneumonia (less commonly than Mycoplasma pneumoniae does)
    • Responsible for about 10% of community-acquired pneumonia 
  2. As with Mycoplasma pneumoniaeChlamydia pneumoniae infection can cause bronchitis, cough, and malaise 
    • Gradual onset; incubation period is about 21 days 
    • Infection may persist for weeks or months 
  3. Unlike in Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection, laryngitis is a common manifestation
  4. Several laboratory tests, using respiratory tract swabs, may be used to identify Chlamydia pneumoniae (for example, real-time polymerase chain reaction, including the Biofire FilmArray Respiratory Panel)

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