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World Pneumonia Day

On November 12, 2013, the world will recognize World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Globally, pneumonia causes more deaths than any other infectious disease.

Click on the links below to learn about this important topic.


Call to Action on World Pneumonia Day

This November 12, the global community is urged to consider the massive problems of pneumonia and to take a moment to consider what can be done to solve this problem.


Deaths from Bacterial Pneumonia during 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic

Deaths during the 1918–19 influenza pandemic have been attributed to a hypervirulent influenza strain.

Haemophilus parahaemolyticus Septic Shock after Aspiration Pneumonia, France

Members of the genus Haemophilus are commensal bacteria of the upper respiratory tract, and H. influenzae is the main pathogen in this genus that can cause a wide range of human infections.

Use of National Pneumonia Surveillance to Describe Influenza A(H7N9) Virus Epidemiology, China, 2004–2013

In mainland China, most avian influenza A(H7N9) cases in the spring of 2013 were reported through the pneumonia of unknown etiology (PUE) surveillance system.


Outbreak of Streptococcus pneumoniae in a Psychiatric Unit

Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra, an epidemiologist at CDC, discusses her investigation of a Streptococcus pneumoniae outbreak in a pediatric psychiatric unit.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia and Pandemic H1N1

Dr. George Nelson, a CDC medical officer, discusses the relationship between pneumococcal pneumonia and Pandemic H1N1.

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