SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - You might think of pneumonia as a cold weather sickness, but it's what's going around this week, in the heart of spring.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Chief of Hospital and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Tim Quattrone, says his staff has been busy treating patients with this infection.
"It was daily in March and now it's becoming a few a week," he said.
Dr. Quattrone says the symptoms mimic the flu.
"Cough, fever, congestion, very similar to the flu and a lot of people who have pneumonia think they have the flu, and also they'll get chest pains with it," said Dr. Quattrone.
A chest x-ray is needed to confirm the diagnosis of pneumonia and antibiotics can treat most forms.
"You can give them a shot of an antibiotic, put them on some oral antibiotics and they'll do well with that," said Dr. Quattrone. The older people typically require the IV antibiotics."