Secondary infection

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A secondary infection is an infection that occurs in addition to and with a different pathogen than that of the initial infection ( primary infection ).

Consequences of illness

Such a further infection after a primary infection can pose major problems for the immune system and also complicate therapy and medication . The course of such a disease is usually more severe and is characterized by a variety of symptoms . Usually a syndrome develops .

Secondary infections with viruses , bacteria or fungal diseases are of particular importance if the primary infection is accompanied by a weakening of the immune system ; Examples of this are a secondary infection with fungi in AIDS patients and a secondary infection with bacteria during an influenza infection.

Well-known, frequent pathogens of secondary infections are, for example, the herpes viruses .

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