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infect

verb adulterate, befoul, besmirch, blight, canker, cause illness, contaminare, contaminate, corrupt, debase, defile, dirty, empoison, envenom, foul, harm, make ill, make impure, pervert, poison, pollute, render unclean, smirch, soil, spoil, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, transmit disease, vitiate, vitiis inficere
See also: adulterate, contaminate, foment, harm, motivate, pervert, pollute, taint

infect

in international law, to taint with crime or illegality; to expose to penalty or subject to forfeiture.
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Zoonotic pathogens that infect domestic animals and wildlife hosts are more likely to emerge (5).
Typically an avian flu virus first infects pigs, then humans.
Bacteriophages, or phages, infect bacteria in order to reproduce inside.
Once Nimda infects a machine, it tries to replicate in three ways.
Infects cows; related diseases attack sheep, humans
Toxoplasma is arguably the most successful animal parasite on earth: It infects hundreds of species of warm-blooded animals, most notably half of humanity.
Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that infects humans primarily through ingestion of infected raw or undercooked meat and, less frequently, by exposure to infected cat feces.
Usually picked up in early childhood, it infects almost all adults.
In West Africa, for example, Lassa virus infects 100,000 to 300,000 people per year, killing more than 5,000 annually.
CTFV can be isolated from blood because it is present in circulating erythrocytes for as long as 4 months (28), and it infects the hematopoietic progenitor cells and remains sheltered in erythrocytes after maturation.
From the earliest days of infection, there are very diverse reactions in the different hosts" that SIV infects, says Feinberg.