Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Study group discussion: Serial interval and communicable period

What is the difference bw serial interval and communicable period?

Communicable period is the one in which the disease is transmitted from one case to another. (Also known as infectivity.)
The patient might have the disease but may not be infectious because of latent phase.

Serial interval is the time period in which the disease manifests from one case to another.

It's different from communicable period because the disease doesn't manifest immediately, so the case might present to you late.

Serial interval = Latent period + communicable period (Roughly)

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