Poisons and Toxins

Are toxins virulence factors?

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2007-05-21 20:53:04

No. For something to be virulent it must be alive. Virulence

usually refers to pathogens, like bacteria, viruses, and yeasts.

But, pathogens, themselves, can create toxins by their metabolic

activity. Still, however, the toxin itself wouldn't have the

property of being virulent, only the "bug" would be.

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