Join for Free!
121433 members

Difference between Virulence and Pathogenicity?

About microscopic forms of life, including Bacteria, Archea, protozoans, algae and fungi. Topics relating to viruses, viroids and prions also belong here.

Moderator: BioTeam

Difference between Virulence and Pathogenicity?

Postby nukeman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:47 pm


I have read several text regarding this, but I still can't manage do discriminate between them. So far what I've got is: Pathogenicity = The potential/ability of a infectious agent to cause damage. Virulence = The actual level of damage caused.

Is this correct or am I mistaken?
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed May 23, 2012 4:11 pm

Postby JackBean » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:26 am

I'd say that pathogenicity is the ability to infect host, not damage

Cis or trans? That's what matters.
User avatar
Inland Taipan
Inland Taipan
Posts: 5694
Joined: Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:12 pm

Return to Microbiology

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests