opportunistic pathogen


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op·por·tu·nis·tic path·o·gen

an organism that is capable of causing disease only when the host's resistance is lowered, for example, by other diseases or drugs.

opportunistic pathogen

an organism that exists harmlessly as part of the normal human body environment and does not become a health threat until the body's immune system fails.

op·por·tu·nis·tic path·o·gen

(opŏr-tū-nistik pathŏ-jen)
Organism capable of causing disease only when the host's resistance is lowered by other diseases or drugs.

opportunistic pathogen

an ORGANISM that does not normally cause a DISEASE, but which can become PATHOGENIC in some circumstances. see SECONDARY INFECTION.

opportunistic pathogen

microorganism causing infection in a host with lowered disease resistance (e.g. due to concomitant illness or drug therapy)

op·por·tu·nis·tic path·o·gen

(opŏr-tū-nistik pathŏ-jen)
Pathogen capable of causing disease only when the host's resistance is lowered.
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Thus, we assumed that excessive bacterial load of the pool water comprised the main factor that compromised immune functions and promoted infections with opportunistic pathogens.
A further study of 100 notes and 102 coins collected from staff in one hospital found that 3 percent of coins and 11 percent of notes were contaminated with opportunistic pathogens including Staphylococcus spp.
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Cronobacter sakazakii is an emerging opportunistic pathogen of the family Enterobacteriaceae responsible for outbreaks of neonatal meningitis and necrotizing enterocolitis in the immunocompromised.
Commonly found in the environment and able to survive dessication, opportunistic pathogen Cronobacter sakazakii is known to pose a risk in the production of dried milk products.
In fact, the Bifidobacterium dentium species is an opportunistic pathogen since it has been linked to the development of tooth decay.
Early detection of this opportunistic pathogen is necessary for better prognosis and institution of antifungal therapy in time.
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Fungitell -D Glucan is the only FDA-cleared test for Candida, a yeast that can act as an opportunistic pathogen in patients with compromised immune systems and lead to Invasive Candidiasis.

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