Chlamydia organisms are similar to mycoplasmas or viruses in that they can only live inside the cells of the host animal. Like mycoplasmas, they can be treated with antibiotics. Chlamydia trachomatis infection is most significant for the young infant because it can be transmitted from the mother to the infant during delivery or thereafter and cause eye infection (conjunctivitis) and more significantly a type of progressive pneumonia. A young infant with an eye infection (conjunctivitis) and a severe hacking cough may have chlamydia pneumonia and needs to see the doctor.

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