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What is the difference between a chronic and acute infection?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Time frame: An acute infection is one that makes you sick over a short period of time, and then either gets better on its own (a cold), kills you (ebola), gets better with treatment (shigella), or becomes a chronic infection (some cases of hepatitis b). A chronic infection is an ongoing disease that causes problems over a long period of time, either continuously (hiv, hepatitis c) or episodically (herpes).

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Last updated Aug 26, 2012

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