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Is Pneumonia a Communicable Disease?

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ANSWER:

Pneumonia IS a communicable disease. 

More Info: Any illness that is caused by an infectious toxin can be classified as a communicable disease. Communicable diseases often spread quickly from person to person. Pneumonia is usually caused by a virus or bacteria and it is contagious, which means that it is a communicable disease.

What Causes Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a condition that occurs when the lungs become inflamed due to an infection. Viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungus can all cause this illness. Pneumonia is most common in older people and those who have weakened immune systems, but it can occur in young, healthy people. It is important to note that pneumonia can be life-threatening if it is left untreated. Recognizing the symptoms early on and seeking treatment are the keys to overcoming pneumonia.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Pneumonia?

Fever, coughing, muscle aches and headache are some of the most common symptoms of pneumonia. Those symptoms are commonly attributed to a more minor illness such as the flu. That is why so many people have pneumonia and do not know it until their health starts to deteriorate.

What Are Some of the Treatment Options for Pneumonia?

Your doctor will usually prescribe an antiviral medication or antibiotic. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria and antiviral medications are designed to kill viruses. It is important to note that you will not respond to an antibiotic if your pneumonia was caused by a viral infection. Antiviral medications are not designed to treat bacterial infections. Your doctor may also recommend a fever reducer such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

 

Resources

“Host Microbe Relationship Process.” Ohio State Extension. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2011. .

“Pneumonia – Prognosis.” University of Maryland Medical Center | Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Dec. 2011.

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