What is community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Typical pneumonia, or community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), is one of two types of pneumonia, and it arrives during cold-weather season. This type generally affects young children and older adults and can make you very sick over a short period of time. The top three bacteria usually associated with this type of pneumonia are streptococcus pneumonia (different from the strep that causes strep throat), haemophilus influenza and moraxella catarrhalis, which account for about 85% of the two to four million cases of CAP per year.

Symptoms include cough, fever, chest pain when taking deep breaths, trouble breathing and a lot of mucus production. These infections are normally treated with antibiotics once the illness is found to be bacterial and may require hospitalization depending on how bad the symptoms are.

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