opportunistic microorganism

opportunistic microorganism

[¦äp·ər‚tü¦nis·tik ¦mī·krō′ȯr·gə‚niz·əm]
(microbiology)
A normally harmless endogenous microorganism that produces disease due to fortuitous events that affect the host.
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In addition to this, there is a growing increase of opportunistic microorganisms due to lower amounts of the normal flora of microorganisms in the larger group of patients with enterocolitis with a reliable statistical difference (P < 0.01).
Finally, Acinetobacter species are among the main opportunistic microorganisms in nosocomial infections, and A.
[35] detected biofilm and opportunistic microorganisms in their study about the quality of water in dental units.
This in turn improves HVAC hygiene and eliminates the HVAC as a viable reservoir for Gram negative bacteria and other opportunistic microorganisms.
Understanding that the HVAC is a significant reservoir and disseminator of Gram negative bacteria and other opportunistic microorganisms is critical for Healthcare Facility Professionals.
The results indicate that both groups of mares had pathogenic and opportunistic microorganisms. The results of these studies are presented in the Table 1.
Such consequences include the disturbance of the normal microflora, such that opportunistic microorganisms or other pathogens such as yeasts or parasites are allowed to flourish, thus increasing the risk of iatrogenic disease.
Immune suppression could impair both physical and mental performance by increasing susceptibility to opportunistic microorganisms. Appropriate onboard exercise is believed to be an effective countermeasure against a decrease in immune function (8).
Bloch and Snider blame the upswing on HIV, which damages the immune system and allows opportunistic microorganisms, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to flourish.
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