On the health calendar Nov 12 is World Pneumonia Day, declared so in 2009 to raise awareness about lung infection that claims the lives of around 1.6 million people every year.
The name of the disease comes from the bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia, in short pneumococcus. Besides pneumonia, it causes a host of other pneumococcal diseases (PD), which can be divided into non-invasive PD and invasive PD (IPD).
"PD is common around the world, although particularly prevalent in developing countries. However, there is little awareness of the disease in Southeast Asia, which is why it is a major health concern for the region, which records the highest incidence of pneumonia, 5,330,000 cases," said Dr Amphorn Ittiravivongs, Pfizer Thailand's medical director and the country's leading epidemiologist.
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