Clinton Doctor: Hillary Has Pneumonia

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Hillary Clinton’s doctor said Sunday that the Democratic nominee was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday after prolonged coughing.

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule,” Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in a statement. “While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

Pneumonia is a lung infection typically caused by germs or bacteria. Pneumonia combined with influenza was the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control. The elderly are especially at high risk of death from pneumonia — Hillary Clinton is 68 years old.

According to a 1997 report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 90 percent of pneumonia deaths are individuals over the age of 65.