Latent Infections

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    • #5954
      rosita2006
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      hi, can anyone out there tell me the name of a couple of viruses that cause latent infections? also please explain how and why theses virus do so while other types of virus can not cause latent infection.
      i am trying to grasp the concept behind this Micro thingy…currently working on a course and i’m not scared to admit ..I AM A NEWBIE…
      any help appreciated………Ros. 🙂

    • #56399
      BioCell
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      HIV’s one of them.

    • #56412
      Dr.Stein
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      Flu.

    • #56439
      fluktuacia
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      Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    • #56457
      MrMistery
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      Mycobacterium tuberculosis ain’t a virus 😉

    • #56458
      MrMistery
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      btw how do you define a latent infection?

    • #56469
      rosita2006
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      Thanks alot ppl, i suppose i was looking for more for the explanation part of it.
      thanks

      Rosita

    • #56481
      Dr.Stein
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      quote MrMistery:

      btw how do you define a latent infection?

      It is when a pathogen never get out of our body at all. When we recover from a disease, actually the pathogen is still inside but stay in latent state. Next time when our immune system is decreasing, they will attack again. We call this pathogen as "opportunistics" 🙂

    • #56489
      fluktuacia
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      hehe:) sorry .. i’ve missed the word virus in the question;)

    • #56497
      MrMistery
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      thanks for the info doc. in that case i would suggest herpes as a perfect example. it remains as so called microchromosomes in the nucleus of neurons and attacks at certain outside signals.

    • #56983
      Priscilla
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      I will guess, the chicken pox virus does that too. That’s why we got shingles. right??

    • #57016
      Dr.Stein
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      I don’t think so. Chicken pox virus only attacks once and that’s all. Nobody experiences chicken pox virus infection more than once.

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