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What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

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What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

Postby luigi » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:03 pm

Thu,
Acute pathogens is street slang for full blown AIDS… however, to continue! A pathogen is defined as any disease-producing agent, especially a virus, bacterium, or other microorganism. Acute refers to a rapid onset, as in acute infection, a short course. An acute pathogen causes a disease characterized by a relatively sudden onset of symptoms that are usually severe. An episode of acute disease results in recovery to a state comparable to the patient's condition of health and activity before the disease. Latent is the same as dormant. Lying and awaiting reactivation. An example would be the herpes simplex virus. HSV-1 usually establishes latency in the trigeminal ganglion, a collection of nerve cells near the ear. From there, it tends to recur on the lower lip or face. HSV-2 usually sets up residence in the sacral ganglion at the base of the spine. From there, it recurs in the genital area. With regard to a chronic pathogen, here we are looking at a pathogen that causes a chronic disease. A number of chronic diseases have now been linked, in some cases definitively, to an infectious etiology, these include - peptic ulcer disease with Helicobacter pylori, cervical cancer with several human papillomaviruses, Whipple’s disease with Tropheryma whipplei, Lyme arthritis and neuroborreliosis with Borrelia burgdorferi. Good luck with your test/exam!



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Hope this helps
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What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

Postby avonmore » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Thu,
You're welcome. Glad to have been of help.
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What is the difference between acute, latent and chronic pathogens?

Postby caine » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Acute is sudden and severe, latent is dormant or recessive and chronic is on-going and long term.
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