Alternative Names Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral Symptoms Symptoms of viral pneumonia often begin slowly and may not be severe at first. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are: Cough (with some pneumonias you may cough up mucus, or even bloody mucus) Fever , which may be mild or high Shaking chills Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs) Other symptoms include: Confusion, especially in older people Excessive sweating and clammy skin Headache Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough Fatigue Signs and tests Persons with suspected pneumonia should have a complete medical evaluation, including a thorough physical exam and a chest x-ray -- especially since the physical exam may not always distinguish pneumonia from acute bronchitis or other respiratory infections. Depending on the severity of illness, other tests may be done, including: Complete blood count (CBC) CT scan of the chest Blood cultu...
Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans.
Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Psittacosis is a rare disease: 100 - 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.
Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection. Typical birds involved are parrots, parakeets, and budgerigars, although other birds have also caused the disease.
I just want to make sure I have this straight. If a person is overweight or obese, potential employers may not hire that person because of her physical condition. If a person is currently employed and overweight or obese, her employer might evaluate her differently because of her physical condition. Now we have situations where if a person loses weight through bariatric surgery and is no longer obese or overweight, she may not secure a job because a potential employer would rather she lost the weight through diet and exercise. Excuse me a minute while I massage my temples with my thumbs and wonder if the same potential employer would not hire a reformed smoker because she used the patch to quit and did not go cold turkey. Never mind, I doubt that logic has anything to do with this.
When Success Doesn't Succeed
Apparently, weight loss through surgery is a hard sell. Perhaps the stereotypes of obese people as lazy or that weight can be controlled through diet and exercise alone a...
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