Assignment 10: Acute And Chronic Infections

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Madeline M. Westrick
BIO 251
Assignment 10: Acute and Chronic Infections
Acute and chronic infections differ from each other in several ways. Acute infections have a rapid onset. The length of the infection varies, and it can be brief or long-sustained. An example of an acute infection would be strep throat. Chronic infections, on the other hand, have a gradual onset and heal sluggishly over a course of weeks or months. An example of this is tuberculosis.
In the article "Maintenance of Peripheral T Cell Responses during Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection", Reiley et al point out that T cells experience fatigue/apoptosis after prolonged exposure to a chronic infection as a result of irritation or Ag stimulus. As backup, T-cells
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