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12 november: world pneunomia day

08 Nov 2013 | By Inserm (Newsroom) | France | International


Each year, pneumonia kills more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined (according to the UN, 1.2 million children under 5 die of pneumonia each year). Rapid noting of symptoms and quick treatment would avoid many infant deaths. For this World Day, the UN calls upon people to unite against pneumonia, the “leading child killer”.

Pneumonia, lung disease and lung abscesses are the main currently known infectious lung diseases that affect both the lungs and respiratory tracts.

In the vast majority of cases, these infections are due to viruses, microbes or bacteria that infiltrate into the lungs and cause respiratory problems, if resistance is low.
The patient will have different medical conditions depending on the part of the lung affected. Usual symptoms of pneumonia are a cough, breathlessness, respiratory failure, etc.

Lung infections sometimes have very serious outcomes. They lead to great difficulty breathing, and can also damage the respiratory system. Old people are particularly vulnerable.

For more information, please contact Camille Locht, Director of the Inserm unit “Lille Infection and Immunity Centre”.

Researcher Contact

Camille Locht Directeur de l’unité 1019 Inserm “Centre d’infection et immunité de Lille” (0)3 20 87 11 57 rf.ellil-ruetsap@thcol.ellimac