Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pneumonia Pneumocystis Transmission

Facts about pneumocystis pneumonia:

  • Pneumocystis is spread from person to person and from animals to humans.
  • People with pneumocystis release the virus into the air on droplets of mucus when they sneeze or cough.
  • The organism enters the lungs of others when they inhale the droplets.

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Last Updated: Jun 23, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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