According to the latest WHO data published in 2018, Influenza and Pneumonia Deaths in Malaysia reached 13,913 or 9.88% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 64.29 per 100,000 of population ranks Malaysia #53 in the world
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What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is caused by an infection that irritates the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and swell up with fluid. The most common cause of pneumonia is an infection due to bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. It can be spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
Am I at risk?
Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death due to infection in men and women. It can increase the risk of having a heart attack, as well as worsening existing heart failure. Pneumonia can affect anyone, but some people are more at risk of catching it. Risk factors include:
• Increasing age – the risk is greater in older adults
• Smoking – not only is the risk of catching pneumonia greater, but it can be more serious in people who smoke
• Other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease or respiratory diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• A weakened immune system