Pneumonia is not a specific disease, but a condition
of inflamed lungs. It is most commonly associated with infection by the
bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, but viral, fungal and allergic
vary with each type of pneumonia. Milder pneumonias have flu-like symptoms
- a fever, chills, and a cough, which usually manifest three or four days
after exposure. The bacterial pneumonias are usually more serious, with
chest pain, sputum with blood, a high fever and even delirium. Respiration
and pulse rates are elevated and may double.
pneumonia is spread from person to person in airborne droplets; you can
begin to show symptoms within hours of being infected. Another serious
bacterial pneumonia, Legionnaire's disease, is typically spread by misting
water which has been stagnating in hot water and air-conditioning systems.
(The presence of algae can be an indicator of stagnant water.) Pneumonia
caused by Legionnaire's disease requires anywhere from two to ten days
to manifest symptoms.
line for deep sea sailors: Don't take chances. If you see signs of pneumonia,
seek medical help immediately.