Is Viral Pneumonia Contagious?

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Definition

Viral pneumonia is inflammation (irritation and swelling) of the lungs due to infection with a virus.

See also:

  • Atypical pneumonia
  • Influenza
  • Respiratory syncytial virus

Alternative Names

Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Viralpneumonia is more likely to occur in young children and older adults, because their bodies have a harder time fighting off the virus.

Viral pneumonia is most often caused by one of several viruses:

  • Adenovirus
  • Influenza
  • Parainf...
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