Introduction: Chronic infections


Chronic infections: Ongoing and often slow progressing infection; opposite to acute infections.

Chronic infections: Chronic infections usually develop from acute infections and can last for days to months to a lifetime. Sometimes, people are totally unaware they are infected but still may be able to transmit the germ to others. For example, hepatitis C, which affects the liver, is a chronic viral infection. In fact, most people who have been infected with the hepatitis C virus don't know it until they have a blood test that shows antibodies to the virus. Recovery from this infection is rare - about 85 percent of infected persons become chronic carriers of the virus. In addition, serious signs of liver damage, like cirrhosis or cancer, may not appear until as long as 20 years after the infection began. 1

Conditions list: The list of conditions in the Chronic infections group includes:

Misdiagnosis and Chronic infections: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Chronic infections, or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

         Contents for Chronic infections:

1. excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health - Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID

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