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What are super infections?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
Super infections are secondary bacteria-caused infections that usually develop while our body is fighting off a virus, such as a cold or the flu. Generally, the bacteria that commonly cause super infections are in or on our body already, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae or Staphylococcus aureus. However, it is while we are fighting off a virus that they then have the opportunity to invade our lungs or sinuses and cause a super infection.

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