One of the causative agents of pneumoniae is an infection with the rod-shaped bacteria, Chlamydophila pneumoniae.  This bacteria accounts for 10% of community-acquired pneumoniae in the U.S.  The CDC estimates that approximately 50% of people in the U.S. have evidence of past infection with C. pneumoniae by the age of 20.  In addition to pneumoniae, infection with C. pneumoniae can less commonly cause bronchitis, atherosclerosis, and COPD.  C. pneumoniae is also linked to chronic fatigue syndrome.

The diagnosis should be considered in patients with Lyme-like symptoms or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have tested negative by all tests for diagnosis of Lyme disease and Relapsing Fever Borreliosis.  Patients should contact a physician. The physician will use clinical symptoms along with laboratory tests to find out whether you have C. pneumoniae infection or perhaps some other tick-borne infection.

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL:Physicians may want to consider having blood tested for other possible causes of their patient’s symptoms, including other tick-borne infections, such as Lyme disease.

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