Chapter 2. Infection and its Characteristics

  1. Zsolt Filetoth MD, MSc1,2

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470699201.ch2

Hospital-Acquired Infection: Causes and Control

Hospital-Acquired Infection: Causes and Control

How to Cite

Filetoth, Z. (2002) Infection and its Characteristics, in Hospital-Acquired Infection: Causes and Control, Whurr Publishers Ltd, Philadephia, PA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470699201.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Head of Clinical Epidemiology Unit of the National Institute of Traumatology, Budapest, Hungary

  2. 2

    Consultant in Infectious Disease and Epidemiology, National Institute of Neurosurgery, Budapest, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 21 OCT 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781861563446

Online ISBN: 9780470699201



  • computer tomography;
  • pathological changes;
  • infection;
  • ultrasound;
  • domestic animals


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Disease versus the healthy state

  • Definition of ‘infection’

  • Infectious process in the host

  • Immunity and susceptibility

  • Parasitism and pathogenicity

  • Inapparent and clinical infection

  • Period of infectiousness

  • Complex patterns of infections

  • Summary