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- Contact with someone who has an infection (for mycoplasma and chlamydia)
- Exposure to water or soil that contains the bacteria (for legionella)
- Living in closed communities, such as dormitories in boarding schools or colleges, nursing homes, and military barracks
- Cigarette smoking
- Lung disease
- Weakened immune system
General signs of infection such as:
- Fever (mild)
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Muscle aches and pains
Signs of respiratory infection such as:
- Cough that may produce phlegm
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fast breathing
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
- Skin rash
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Blood cultures
- Sputum test
- Pulse oximetry
- Arterial blood gas
- Use good hand-washing techniques.
- Avoid contact with other ill people.
- Get treatment for your chronic conditions.
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease http://www.niaid.nih.gov
The Canadian Lung Association http://www.lung.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 02/2013 -
- Update Date: 04/02/2013 -