Pneumonia (cont.)

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What is the prognosis of pneumonia?

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Pneumonia can be a serious and life-threatening infection. This is true especially in the elderly, children, and those who have other serious medical problems, such as COPD, heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Fortunately, with the discovery of many potent antibiotics, most cases of pneumonia can be successfully treated. In fact, pneumonia can usually be treated with oral antibiotics without the need for hospitalization.

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Meijvis, Sabine CA, et al. "Dexamethasone and Length of Hospital Stay in Patients With Community-Acquired Pneumonia: A Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial." The Lancet. June 1, 2011. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60607-7.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Outbreak of Hantavirus Infection in Yosemite National Park." Sept. 17, 2012. <http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/outbreaks/yosemite-national-park-2012.html>.

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