By Maggie Cherneff
The CDC estimates that approximately 900,000 Americans are diagnosed with pneumococcal pneumonia, or bacterial induced pneumonia, each year. However, people with all types of the infection often have varied experiences, as pneumonia can cause mild to severe illness. Chronic illness, weakened immune system and smoking are some of the most common risk factors for a more severe infection. The disease is spread by direct contact with the respiratory secretions of someone who is already carrying the infection. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, cough, chest pain and difficulty or pain when breathing.
Destination Health EU recommends you go to the World Heath Organization or the CDC website to find out more information about pneumonia