Patient discussion about Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Q. What Is Streptococcal Pneumonia?

I have heard that I might have streptococcal pneumonia. What exactly does that mean?
A1Streptococcal pneumonia is a disease caused by the streptoccus bacteria. It is one of the most common causes of pneumonia in healthy people. You can learn more about bacterial pneumonia here-
A2Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs by bacterias, viruses or other infectious causes. Streptococcal pneumonia is the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia in all age groups except newborn infants. This bacteria often lives in the throat of people who do not have pneumonia, and in specific situations might infect the lungs. For instance, a simple upper respiratory viral infetion such as the common cold might weaken the body, and therefore create an easy path for the streptococcus bacteria to invade to the lung, and cause pneumonia.
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