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Atypical Pneumonia Causes & Risks


Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by:

  • Bacteria
    • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
    • Chlamydia bacteria
    • Coxiella burnetii
    • Legionella
  • Viruses

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing atypical pneumonia:

  • Being a child, adolescent, or young adult
  • Living in closed communities, such as dormitories in boarding schools or colleges, and military barracks
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Lung disease
  • Weakened immune system

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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