An infection that, although not necessarily causing symptoms, may still be active and may spread to others. Chronic infection may last for years. Examples of diseases that can cause chronic infection are hepatitis B and typhoid. People with chronic infections used to be referred to as ‘carriers’.
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The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.