How common are acute lower respiratory tract infections?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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In the United States, acute lower respiratory tract infections cause more disease and death than any other infection. [18] In fact, these infections also cause a greater burden of disease worldwide than human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, malaria, cancer, or heart attacks. [18] The prevalence of various pathogens and epidemiology of disease vary widely between countries and regions, making precise discussion of international disease burden difficult.

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