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What causes pneumonia in children?

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Bacteria and viruses are the main causes of pneumonia.
When a person breathes pneumonia-causing germs into his lungs, if his body’s immune system cannot otherwise prevent entry, the organisms settle in small sacs called alveoli and begin to multiply.
As the body sends white cells to attack the infection, the sacs become filled with fluid and pus, causing pneumonia. 
 
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