Latent infections: Introduction
Various infectious diseases cause latent infections, where there is the "potential"
to get symptoms, and become infected, but the person has not yet.
Examples are latent TB and latent syphilis.
The symptom-free stage of HIV prior to AIDS is sometimes called latent HIV.
See also carrier conditions for other conditions where a person can
be a "carrier" of an infectious disease (or genetic disease)
without actually having symptoms.
See also the full list of conditions having no symptoms or only mild symptoms
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Symptoms of Latent infections
- Symptoms can vary considerable depending on the original infection involved
- Reappearance of symptoms of infection
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Latent infections are "hidden" or "silent" and
may or may not cause symptoms again after the initial acute episode. Some
infectious microbes, usually viruses, can "wake up" and become active
again, sometimes off and on for months or years, and cause symptoms. When
active, these microbes can be transmitted to other people. Herpes simplex
viruses, which cause genital herpes and common cold sores, can remain
latent in nerve cells for short or long periods of time, or forever.
Chickenpox is another example of a latent infection. Before the
chickenpox vaccine became available in the 1990s, most children in the
United States got chickenpox. After the first acute episode, usually when
children are very young, the Varicella zoster virus goes into
hiding in the body. In many people, it emerges many years later when they
are older adults and causes a painful disease of the nerves called herpes
zoster, or shingles. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)
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