Centra Care reports pneumonia cases on rise in Central Fla.

Pneumonia cases doubled compared to last year

Published On: Jan 17 2013 04:49:34 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2013 05:40:14 PM EST

Centra Care physicians have reported that cases of pneumonia have nearly doubled from this time last year.

Last year, Centra Care says they reported 53 cases in the first two weeks of 2012, while they've seen 125 cases already in 2013.

Pneumonia is a relatively common infection of the lungs, but it can be dangerous, especially for young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma or heart and lung disease.

Centra Care physicians advise the public to practice flu and pneumonia prevention:

Read more at Centra Care's website.