Bronchopneumonia; Community-acquired pneumonia
Pneumonia is a breathing (respiratory) condition in which there is an infection of the lung.
Community-acquired pneumonia is pneumonia in people who have not recently been in the hospital or another health care facility (nursing home, rehabilitation facility).
See also: Hospital-acquired pneumonia
Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year in the United States. Germs called bacteria, viruses, and fungi may cause pneumonia.
Ways you can get pneumonia include:
Pneumonia caused by bacteria tends to be the most serious kind. In adults, bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia.
Many other bacteria can also cause pneumonia.
Viruses are also a common cause of pneumonia, especially in infants and young children.
See also: Respiratory syncytial virus
Risk factors (conditions that increase your chances of getting pneumonia) include:
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