latent virus


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latent virus

[¦lāt·ənt ′vī·rəs]
(virology)
A virus that remains dormant within body cells but can be reactivated by conditions such as reduced host defenses, toxins, or irradiation, to cause disease.
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By simultaneous infection, there's a real possibility [of] inducing or activating latent virus.
The virus can then be transmitted and cause infection through organ donation, or latent virus can become reactivated and cause symptomatic disease.
The virus can then be transmitted and cause infection through organ donation, or latent virus in the transplant recipient can become reactivated and cause symptomatic disease.
Dormant viruses, however, can begin to actively replicate, so that if patients discontinue anti-retroviral therapies the latent virus rapidly re-infects the cells in body.
The results showed that the twin that carried the latent virus was heavier and had more body fat that the non-carrier.
Plum Pox is a latent virus and typically requires 2-3 years of testing before it can be detected in a tree.
Patients' viral loads and CD4 blood counts will be monitored for any change and more extensive tests will be conducted, to explore what if any effect the drug might have on latent virus hiding in cells.