Pneumocystis pneumonia, also known as PCP or pneumocystosis is a form of pneumonia that can be life threatening. It is caused by the yeast-like fungus known as Pneumocystis jirovecii. It had previously been incorrectly classified as a protozoan.
This pathogen is specific to humans and has not been shown to infect other animals.
Its former name, Pneumocystis carinii, is still in common usage. As a result, Pneumocystis pneumonia is also known as Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia and incorrectly as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.
“Pneumocystis jirovecii is found worldwide. Some reports show that 75% of children, by the age of 4, are seropositive to the microorganism,”
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