Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes inflammation and the buildup of mucus and fluids in the lungs. Community-acquired pneumonia is pneumonia that develops in people who are not, and have not recently been, in a hospital or other health care facility.
Usually, pneumonia in babies develops as a result of an illness that is caused by a virus, such as the common cold and the flu (influenza). It can also be caused by a bacteria. While the common cold and influenza can spread from person to person (are contagious), pneumonia itself is not considered contagious.
Babies born to mothers who have untreated chlamydia are also at higher risk for developing pneumonia after birth. Chlamydia is an infection that a person can get through sex with another person (sexually transmitted infection or STI).
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These symptoms may be an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get help right away. Call 911.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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