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What are the differences between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
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In brief: Differences

Acute = you get infected and shortly after, get sick

Latent = you get it, sometimes will get sick, you get over the illness but the pathogen remains dormant in your body.
If your immune systems weakens, you may get sick again as a result of the dormancy instead of new exposure.

Chronic = there is always active infection. It's always causing low level injury.

In brief: Differences

Acute = you get infected and shortly after, get sick

Latent = you get it, sometimes will get sick, you get over the illness but the pathogen remains dormant in your body.
If your immune systems weakens, you may get sick again as a result of the dormancy instead of new exposure.

Chronic = there is always active infection. It's always causing low level injury.
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