The Wyoming Department of Health is continuing to investigate reported cases of pneumonia that have infected at least 31 people in Park County in recent months and WDH said May 29 it continues to receive reports of pneumonia cases with recent onset dates. 

Most of the pneumonia cases are from elementary-aged children, but the department said children as young as 1 year old and adults up to 41 years old have shown signs of the disease. 

Not all cases of pneumonia are contagious, but the germs that cause it can be spread, possibly leading to pneumonia.

Most cases of the disease have been found in Cody, but a few recent cases have reached Powell as well.

Dr. Aaron Billin, Park County health officer, said there has been an increase in respiratory infections, which have been caused by multiple different microorganisms. 

The agency said cases have tested positive for Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Adenovirus, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Klebsiell pneumoniae.

If a person suspects they or their loved one is infected, visit a healthcare provider for nasopharyngeal swabs, viral and bacterial pathogen testing. 

Recommended outpatient antibiotics include but are not limited to, azithromycin, clarithromycin and erythromycin.

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