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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.
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Clinical latency occurs in:
During clinical latency, an infection is subclinical.
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