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Am J Epidemiol. 1976 Nov;104(5):556-62.

A longitudinal study of Mycoplasma pneumoniae: infections in Navy recruits by isolation and seroepidemiology.


A longitudinal serologic study of M. pneumoniae infections in two recruit training centers with grossly different climates showed that the frequency of this infection peaks in the late summer-early fall and to a lesser degree in the spring at both training centers. Seroconversions (four-fold or greater increase in titer) were as high as 45-57% in some recruit companies during the late summer peak. M. pneumoniae isolations from men admitted to the dispensary or hospital with pneumonia during the major peak season were as high as 32%. While M. pneumoniae infections are not generally life-threatening, the high incidence of infections observed in personnel during recruit training is of major concern and warrants consideration of effective control measures.

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