Epidemiology of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in the United Kingdom: an analysis of reports to the Public Health Laboratory Service of England and Wales

Infection. 1976;4(1 Suppl):25-8. doi: 10.1007/BF01638418.


Infection with Mycoplasma pneumoniae appears to follow a cyclic pattern in the United Kindom, with periods of increased prevalence lasting about two years. Outbreaks occurred in 1971-1972 and 1974-75, and probably also in 1967-68. Infection confirmed by laboratory tests appeared to be commonest in older children, especially those aged 5-14, and least common in adults over 65 years of age. Lower respiratory tract infection was the clinical feature most frequently reported.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycoplasma Infections / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors
  • United Kingdom