Attend daily six cases of pneumonia in IMSS-Puebla
For NTX | AP - Sat, 19 Jan 2013
Puebla, Jan. 19 (AP). - In this winter season, the Hospital of "San Jose" the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Puebla, serves an average of six cases of pneumonia per day, said Dr. Luis Meneses Guzman, pulmonologist that hospital.
The specialist explained that pneumonia is a serious illness that occurs from a lung infection characterized by the proliferation of microorganisms, which causes inflammation in lung damage.
The groups most vulnerable to this disease are children under five and adults over 65, as well as immunocompromised patients such as diabetics, those with cancer or have HIV-AIDS.
According to the specialist, pneumonia is characterized by the multiplication of microorganisms inside the alveoli, causing inflammation and lung damage.
Following an upper respiratory illness, as laryngitis or pharyngitis, if the patient does not have adequate defenses, the disease progresses to bronchitis and then pneumonia.
The main symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing up yellow or green and sometimes bloody, subcostal chest pain, weakness, lack of appetite and in older adults, disorientation and irritability.
Meneses said Guzman pneumonia in Mexico is third leading cause of death in children and the eighth in the general population, while in the world is the fifth source of mortality.
"Any acute respiratory infection, flu, cold, should be treated early, go to your doctor, preferably citrus drink fluids to protect covered alright", said after recommending that the application of the vaccine against influenza and pneumococcus, mainly in children and seniors.