CITY OF MEXICO – Deadly pneumonia bacteria in Mexican adults over 65 years old, Mexican infectious disease specialist Marte Hernández Porras said today. respiratory disease.
On the eve of World Day against Pneumonia, which is commemorated every November 12, specialists told reporters that bacterial lung infections can be contracted at any place and stage of life, but are more deadly in older adults, children under five years old and people with risk factors.
In 2017, pneumonia is positioned in the first 20 causes of disease worldwide and affects around 130,000 Mexicans, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
Older adults are more vulnerable because of a condition called & # 39; immunosenescence & # 39; which is the effect of aging on the immune system, he explained.
He also noted that this situation causes the body's natural defenses to weaken and makes individuals more vulnerable to pneumococcal disease.
In addition, Hernandez Porras notes that among several other factors that can increase the risk of pneumonia is lifestyle; suffer from certain health conditions, including asthma, diabetes and disease cardiovascular.
He explained that parents can suffer important consequences such as respiratory failure and septicemia, which is uncontrolled inflammation in the body which can cause general organ failure.
Therefore, he recommends following a complete immunization scheme to be truly protected from this disease.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi.
This can be prevented by immunization, adequate diet and by controlling environmental factors.
Pneumonia caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, but only one third of people with pneumonia receive the antibiotics they need.