carrier state

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car·ri·er state

the state of being a carrier of pathogenic organisms; that is, one who is infected but free from disease.
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Carrier state

The continued presence of an organism (bacteria, virus, or parasite) in the body that does not cause symptoms, but is able to be transmitted and infect other persons.
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Treatment is not indicated for the inactive HBsAg carrier state.
Initially she became MRSA-negative but later converted to a carrier state again: samples from her nose, throat, perineum, and skin lesions were taken, and MRSA could be isolated from all sites.
The long-term carrier state with Salmonellae is defined as the persistence of the organisms in the stool or urine for periods of longer than one year.