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Chronic Infections (Hepatitis, Malaria, West Nile, Parasites)

Chronic infections are related to the breakdown or dysfunction of the immune system.
Chronic infections cause inflammation of tissues, nutritional deficiencies, stress on the adrenal glands and on the immune system as a whole. Chronic infections such as hepatitis, malaria, etc. are often episodic and may lie in remission for long periods of time.

Observing Chronic Infections (Hepatitis, Malaria, West Nile, Parasites) in the Classroom

Faculty may observe the following in students with chronic infections:

  • May appear fatigued
  • May be absent more often than other students
  • May be more susceptible to infection and disease


Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Chronic infections can cause symptoms such as anemia, muscle fatigue, or poor quality sleep. Medication side effects can also cause physical fatigue.

Risk for Injury : Students with chronic infections may be more prone to infection in wounds or take longer to heal from a broken bone, etc.

Susceptibility to Infection : Students with chronic infections have a compromised immune system which makes them more likely to contract infections or disease and to have a slower recovery time if they do contract a virus or an infection.

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