Journal Article

Viruses Associated With Pneumonia in Adults

Thomas C. Cesario

Edited by Ellie J. C. Goldstein

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 55, issue 1, pages 107-113
Published in print July 2012 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/cis297
Viruses Associated With Pneumonia in Adults

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Viral pneumonia, which is typically associated with disease in childhood, is increasingly recognized as causing problems in adults. Certain viruses, such as influenza virus, can attack fully immunocompetent adults, but many viruses take advantage of more-vulnerable patients. The latter include patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy and elderly subjects, particularly those residing in long-term care facilities. The range of viruses producing pneumonia in adults includes common agents, such as varicella-zoster virus and influenza virus, as well as respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, adenoviruses, picornaviruses, and coronaviruses. The roles played by other agents, such as rhinoviruses and human bocaviruses, in pneumonia are still under study. While therapy for most of theses agents, at least in adults, has not yet been fully clarified, it is reasonable to assume antivirals may work in certain situations if they are introduced early enough in the course of infection.

Journal Article.  4338 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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