Difference between Virulence and Pathogenicity?

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Difference between Virulence and Pathogenicity?

Post by nukeman » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:47 pm


I have read several text regarding this, but I still can't manage do discriminate between them. So far what I've got is: Pathogenicity = The potential/ability of a infectious agent to cause damage. Virulence = The actual level of damage caused.

Is this correct or am I mistaken?

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Post by JackBean » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:26 am

I'd say that pathogenicity is the ability to infect host, not damage

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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