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Can you please tell me how infectious diseases and chronic diseases differ?

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Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microbes including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites, fungi etc. Chronic diseases are those that last a long time such as diabetes, hypertension etc. As opposed to acute which are recent or sudden in onset. Some infectious diseases can be chronic like bone infections while others are acute like pneumonia.

Answered May 24, 2018



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