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Postby rosita2006 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:08 am

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. :)
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Postby BioCell » Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:44 pm

HIV's one of them.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:35 am

Flu.
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Postby fluktuacia » Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:20 pm

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:57 pm

Mycobacterium tuberculosis ain't a virus ;)
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Postby MrMistery » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:57 pm

btw how do you define a latent infection?
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Postby rosita2006 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 11:08 pm

Thanks alot ppl, i suppose i was looking for more for the explanation part of it.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:10 am

MrMistery wrote: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" :)
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Postby fluktuacia » Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:23 am

hehe:) sorry .. i've missed the word virus in the question;)
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:58 am

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.
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Postby Priscilla » Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:03 pm

I will guess, the chicken pox virus does that too. That's why we got shingles. right??
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Postby Dr.Stein » Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:42 am

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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