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What is the method of transmission in bacterial pneumonia?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
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In brief: Respiratory droplets

Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks.
The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.

In brief: Respiratory droplets

Pneumonia is spread from person to person via respiratory droplets released when a person coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks.
The bacteria can live in a person's throat without causing symptoms, so you can even get it from a person who doesn't look sick. Avoid the spread of germs by washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and being cautious around sick people.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Apsiration

Most bacterial pneumonia is due to a small amount of oral pharyngeal secretions being aspirated or trickling into the windpipe and entering the lungs.
In some people the mouth can become colonized with germs and then when these get into the lung they cause infection. Pneumonia is not typically caused by person to person transmission, but there are exceptions like tb, when coughed up are inhaled.

In brief: Apsiration

Most bacterial pneumonia is due to a small amount of oral pharyngeal secretions being aspirated or trickling into the windpipe and entering the lungs.
In some people the mouth can become colonized with germs and then when these get into the lung they cause infection. Pneumonia is not typically caused by person to person transmission, but there are exceptions like tb, when coughed up are inhaled.
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