Pneumonia has now claimed the lives of two prominent Wichita community leaders in the last week. According to Doctor Ahmed Mattar many people confuse pneumonia symptoms with those of the common cold. Doctor Mattar said that not checking in with a doctor could be a lethal mistake.
"Sometimes people come very late and they are extremely ill and those are the ones that we have to put on the antibiotics and putting them in the hospital and the cost that comes with that and the disruption of their lives and more importantly the risk of their lives pneumonia is not an innocent of benign disease people die from it," said Doctor Mattar.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms Doctor Mattar said could be calling cards for pneumonia.
-Cough (with some pneumonia's you may cough up greenish or yellow mucus, or even bloody mucus)
-Fever, which may be mild or high.
-Shortness of breath, which may only occur when you climb stairs.
Here's a look at the local figures compared to those across the nation.
These results, presented to us by Lou Kreidler with the Wichita County Health District, we also found national stats from the Centers For Disease Control.
In Wichita County there were two deaths, that's compared to the 52,294 nationally.
The number of cases in Wichita County tops out at eight compared to the 1.1 million discharges nationally.
And according to the CDC national stats there are an estimated 2.3% of Americans currently have pneumonia.
Below are links to the CDC website.