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What are the causes of viral pneumonia?

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Viruses that can lead to pneumonia include:

Other viruses that more rarely cause viral pneumonia include herpes simplex, measles, and chickenpox.

  • Influenza (flu) A and B viruses are the most common causes in adults.
  • Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is more common in infants and children than in adults.
  • Others include coronaviruses, rhinoviruses, parainfluenza viruses, and adenoviruses, which can also cause pinkeye.

From: Viral Pneumonia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

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