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Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral infection of the lungs.  Symptoms can include fever, chills, shortness of breath, coughing that produces phlegm, and chest pain.  Pneumonia can usually be treated successfully at home with antibiotics but hospitalisation may be required in some cases.  In New Zealand, pneumonia has a mortality rate of between five and 10 per cent. (southerncross.co.nz)

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