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Clinical latency

Clinical latency is the state, or time period, in which an infectious agent such as a virus or bacterium replicates in its host without causing medical signs in the host. Each infectious agent has a characteristic duration of clinical latency, lasting from hours to years. The study of clinical latency is central to the epidemiology and treatment of many infectious diseases.

With respect to viral infections, in clinical latency the virus is actively replicating.[1] This is in contrast to viral latency, a form of dormancy in which the virus does not replicate.

Clinical latency occurs in:

During clinical latency, an infection is subclinical.


  1. ^ Sharara AI (1997). "Chronic hepatitis C". South. Med. J. 90 (9): 872–7. PMID 9305294.

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