Monday, July 27, 2015

Difference between secondary and superinfection

Should antibiotics be prescribed for an adult with the usual fever, headache and sore throat symptoms?

Not unless he develops secondary bacterial infection.

What is the difference between secondary and superinfection?

I think superinfection involves the same system while secondary infections involve other systems as well.

Secondary infection is when another organism infects an individual whose defence is weakened by a primary infection. Superinfection is seen when certain viruses who by themselves can't cause disease act in combination with another virus and cause a more severe infection.
Hep B and D for example.

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