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date: 27 February 2021

Carrier 

Source:
A Dictionary of Epidemiology
Author(s):

Miquel Porta

1. A person or animal harboring a specific Infectious Agent in the absence of discernible clinical disease and which serves as a potential source of infection. The carrier state may occur in an individual with an infection that is inapparent throughout its course (known as a healthy or asymptomatic carrier) or the carrier state may exist only during the incubation period, convalescence, and postconvalescence of an individual with a clinically recognizable disease (known as an incubatory carrier or convalescent carrier). The carrier state may be of short or long duration (temporary or transient carrier or chronic carrier)....

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