Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). There are different types of pneumococcal disease, such as pneumococcal pneumonia, bacteremia, meningitis, and otitis media.
Pneumococcus (a types of bacteria) is in many people's noses
and throats and is spread by coughing, sneezing, or contact with
respiratory secretions. Why it suddenly invades the body and
causes disease is unknown. Pneumococcal disease can be fatal.
In some cases, it can result in long-term problems, like brain
damage, hearing loss, and limb loss.
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