Pneumonia is a major lung infection caused by a virus, bacterium, or fungus. It can be mild, serious, or even fatal. An estimated 4 million people develop pneumonia in the United States annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that despite ready access to antibiotics in the United States, 1.2 million Americans are hospitalized and about 52,000 die due to pneumonia each year. Pneumonia explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this serious disease.
Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases and Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of s disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.
Table of Contents
Foreword David L. Heymann 6
1 An Overview 8
2 Historical Background 18
3 Biology of Pneumonia: Source of the Infection 28
4 Pneumonia Epidemiology 42
5 Complications from Pneumonia 54
6 Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention 66
Further Resources 99
About the Author 107
About the Consulting Editor 108