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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Many organisms cause pneumonia. Most community acquired pneumonias are caused by common bacteria and viruses. Pneumonia caused by more unusual organisms can occur depending on person s exposure and other medical illnesses. Pneumonia is often acquired by inhaling infected particles or by aspiration ("swallowing" into the lungs). It can spread through the blood stream to infect other parts of the body.

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