Correct Answer: “Acute”

When referring to an illness, acute means:

A) Lasting for more than 3 months
B) Of abrupt onset, often short term
C) Caused, either directly or indirectly, by kittens
D) It’s actually pronounced ‘ah-coot-ay’ and refers to the French Polynesian term for short.
(This is where we’ll take the opportunity to do some Health Literacy!)
The correct answer is B.
As opposed to a chronic illness, which is an illness that often lasts more than 3 months, an acute illness tends to come on rapidly and last less than 3 months. Here, we can talk more about common acute illnesses we treat at Valle, or what causes each, or even how an untreated acute illness can cause a chronic one …
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