A case of probable vertical transmission of Mycoplasma pneumoniae is presented. The presence of M pneumoniae was demonstrated by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the nasopharyngeal aspirate of a newborn who developed pneumonia shortly after birth. This result was confirmed by performing a second PCR, amplifying another part of the genome of M pneumoniae. It is concluded that M pneumoniae can be added to the long list of pathogens known to cause congenital pneumonia.
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