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How is acute otitis media related to viral ear infections?

The medical term for a form of viral ear infection, acute otitis media is a brief infection of the middle ear. The "acute" term indicates the infection is not long lasting or chronic. Fluid or mucous is trapped in the middle ear, but will drain when the infection clears up.

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