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can bacteria cause lower respiratory tract infections?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Yes: Bronchitis and pneumonia can be caused by many viruses, many bacteria, and all the same infectious agents that can cause one person a simple cold, sore throat, ear or sinus infection, may cause another person bronchitis, or pneumonia.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There are several types: streptococcus pneumoniae, staphylococcus aureus, atypical bacteria such as chlamydophila pneumoniae, mycoplasma pneumoniae, and legionella pneumophila. Also sometimes haemophilus influenzae, klebsiella pneumoniae, escherichia coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa and moraxella catarrhalis.

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