Bacterial Pneumonia (cont.)
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Is Bacterial Pneumonia Contagious?
Whether or not bacterial pneumonia is contagious depends upon the type of bacteria causing the infection. In many cases, people contract pneumonia when bacteria they normally carry in the nose or throat are spread to the lungs. Most kinds of bacterial pneumonia are not highly contagious. However, pneumonia due to Mycoplasma pneumoniae and tuberculosis are exceptions. Both these types of bacterial pneumonia are highly contagious. These are spread among people by breathing in infected droplets that come from coughing or sneezing, similar to the spread of viral infections.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Bacterial Pneumonia?
When to call the doctor
When to go to the hospital
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2016
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