nasty, serious, severe
mild, minor, moderate
acute, chronic
primary, secondary

If the primary infection is not treated further outbreaks may occur.


Over 90% of all new infections occur in the developing world.

bacterial, fungal, viral
chest, ear, etc.
pulmonary, respiratory, urinary tract, etc.
herpes, HIV, yeast (AmE), etc.
have, suffer, suffer from

He's suffering from an acute lung infection.

be at risk from, be at risk of, be prone to, be susceptible to, be vulnerable to

Goats appear to be more susceptible to the infection than sheep.

be exposed to

Vaccination is essential to protect people exposed to hepatitis B infection.

acquire, catch, contract, develop, get

She's always getting chest infections.

pass, pass on, spread, transmit

The infection is passed on through the horse feed.


Almost all the sheep on the farm carried the infection.

guard against, protect sb/sth from

to protect the body from infection

avoid, prevent
combat, fight

The virus affects the body's immune system so that it cannot fight infection.

fight off, kill

Normally, white blood cells fight off and kill infections.

recover from
leave/make sb susceptible to, leave/make sb vulnerable to
die from, die of
diagnose, diagnose sb with
treat, treat sb for
develop, occur

an infection that occurs in swans


They want to prevent the infection spreading to other parts of the body.

cause sth, result in sth, trigger sth

Heavy lung infections may result in pneumonia.

in infection

In acute infections of the urinary tract the patient may suffer severe pain.

infection from

infection from sewage water

infection through

infection through unsafe sex

infection with

infection with bacteria

a cause of infection, the onset of infection

The drug must be taken from the onset of the infection.

resistance to infection

Taking vitamin C builds up your resistance to infection.

a risk of infection, a site of infection (medical)

The urethra was the primary site of infection.

a source of infection

We are trying to trace the source of infection.

the spread of infection

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