Pneumonia

Peter Behrig & Jack Matthews

Streptococcus Pneumonia-

Pneumoniae size range from 0.2 to 0.8 micrometer. Gram-positive bacteria in the shape of a slightly pointed cocci. Pneumonia can be caused by different types of viruses, bacteria, and sometimes fungi. Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae, or strep. S. pneumoniae is also called pneumococcus.

How The Organism Attacks and Spreads-

The viruses and bacteria that are commonly found in a child's nose or throat, can infect the lungs if they are inhaled. They may also spread via air-borne droplets from a cough or sneeze. In addition, pneumonia may spread through blood, especially during and shortly after birth. More research needs to be done on the different pathogens causing pneumonia and the ways they are transmitted, as this is of critical importance for treatment and prevention.

How deadly it is-

In most cases, respiratory viruses can cause pneumonia, especially in young children and the elderly. Pneumonia is usually not serious and lasts a short time. However, the flu virus can cause viral pneumonia to be severe or fatal. It can also be deadly if you have AIDS/HIV.

Death in the U.S.-

About 60,000 people die every year from a result of pneumonia.

How to get cure it-

Antibiotics, fever reducers and cough medicine.

7 Interesting facts-



1. Pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other disease, claiming a young life every 20 seconds. That’s 4,300 young lives lost every day!

2. For every child that dies from pneumonia in the industrialized world, 2,000 more die in developing countries.

3. In these countries, children under 5 and under 2 years of age are at risk, especially in the poorest communities.

4. In fact, an estimated 98 percent of children who die of pneumonia live in developing countries.

5. Exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life is an important and easy way to help protect children from pneumonia and many other diseases.

6. The treatment for most types of serious pneumonia is usually antibiotics, which typically cost less than $1 per dose.

7. Tragically, only an estimated 1 of every 5 children with pneumonia receives antibiotics.

http://www.one.org/us/2010/11/10/nine-fast-facts-about-pneumonia/